The amount of compressed natural gas (CNG) consumed as vehicle fuel had been relatively stable from month to month during 2006 to mid-2011 with a bit of volatility thrown in the summer and fall months. During August and September of 2011, CNG experienced a spike in consumption and then consumption skyrocketed in November and December. This increase in consumption was due to the drop in natural gas prices. Significantly lower natural gas prices continued into 2012 and 2013 and consumption continued to soar.
In 2013, the first six months of CNG consumption for vehicle use was 202,288 gallons, which was nearly double the amount of consumption in the first six months of 2012 (114,440 gallons). So far, CNG consumption was 77 percent higher than last year. In 2012, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 267,475 gallons, which more than tripled consumption in 2011. In 2011, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 85,611 gallons, which was 87 percent higher than consumption in 2010. In 2010, annual CNG consumption for vehicle use was 45,891 gallons, which was 10 percent lower than consumption in 2009. CNG consumption in 2009 was three percent higher than consumption in 2008. CNG consumption in 2008 was eight percent higher than consumption in 2007. CNG consumption in 2007 was 21 percent lower than consumption in 2006.
Source: "Monthly Motor–Fuel Consumption." Nebraska Department of Revenue, Motor Fuels Division, Lincoln, NE.
Notes: The numbers are net volume numbers which exclude motor fuel for aviation use, nonhighway agricultural use, and industrial use. NA indicates data is not available.
This table was updated on October 11, 2013. Typically, there is six months between updates.