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Percent of Income Spent on Energy

Nebraskans spent fifteen times as much on energy in 2012 as was spent in 1970 even though the amounts spent on energy in 2012 and in 1970 accounted for 12.1 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively, of consumer income. The percentages are nearly equal. Before the oil embargo of 1973–74, annual energy expenditures were roughly an 11–percent share of personal income. During the price shocks of the 1970s and early 1980s, energy's percent share of income rose to peak at 17.1 percent. Each year after peaking, the percentage steadily fell until it was under 10 percent. The percentage went as low as 7.8 percent in 1999. Then in 2000, the percentage started rising, and in 2005, energy's percent share of income was in double digits again. In 2009, the percentage dropped 2.5 percent to 10.0 percent—a major factor was the decrease in energy prices.

bar chart showing Percent of Income Spent on Energy 1970 through 2011.

The graph below provides a bigger picture of the 42–year period under review. Personal income steadily climbed from under $10 billion in 1970 to over $90 billion in 2012. Energy expenditures have been relatively stable (even while creeping upward) from $667.8 million in 1970 to nearly $10.1 billion in 2012. In 2009, energy expenditures dropped 22 percent to just over $7 billion—a major player was the decrease in energy prices.

bar chart showing Energy Expenditures Share of Personal Income from 1970 through 2011.

Energy Expenditures as a Percent of
Nebraska's Personal Income

1990 – 2012

Year Nebraska's
Total Energy Expenditures
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Total Personal Income
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Energy Expenditures
as a Percent of
Personal Income
Year Nebraska's
Total Energy Expenditures
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Total Personal Income
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Energy Expenditures
as a Percent of
Personal Income
2012 $10,093,300,000 $83,520,654,000 12.1%
2011 $9,971,800,000 $80,419,976,000 12.4%
2010 $8,687,500,000 $73,069,102,000 11.9%
2009 $7,131,000,000 $71,469,599,000 10.0%
2008 $9,103,300,000 $72,787,080,000 12.5%
2007 $7,956,600,000 $68,560,802,000 11.6%
2006 $7,216,700,000 $63,797,275,000 11.3%
2005 $6,448,000,000 $61,089,348,000 10.6%
2004 $5,404,900,000 $58,915,393,000 9.2%
2003 $4,745,300,000 $56,554,544,000 8.4%
2002 $4,197,600,000 $52,958,053,000 7.9%
2001 $4,454,400,000 $51,893,168,000 8.6%
2000 $4,382,100,000 $48,997,941,000 8.9%
1999 $3,601,300,000 $46,056,874,000 7.8%
1998 $3,496,700,000 $43,852,399,000 8.0%
1997 $3,776,400,000 $41,079,619,000 9.2%
1996 $3,735,800,000 $39,923,375,000 9.4%
1995 $3,338,500,000 $36,467,704,000 9.2%
1994 $3,249,700,000 $34,458,605,000 9.4%
1993 $3,161,700,000 $32,245,880,000 9.8%
1992 $3,063,500,000 $31,271,593,000 9.8%
1991 $3,131,900,000 $29,561,729,000 10.6%
1990 $3,163,900,000 $28,388,321,000 11.1%

Energy Expenditures as a Percent of
Nebraska's Personal Income

1970 – 1989

Year Nebraska's
Total Energy Expenditures
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Total Personal Income
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Energy Expenditures
as a Percent of
Personal Income
Year Nebraska's
Total Energy Expenditures
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Total Personal Income
(Nominal Dollars)
Nebraska's
Energy Expenditures
as a Percent of
Personal Income
1989 $2,948,800,000 $26,442,569,000 11.2%
1988 $2,755,500,000 $25,010,708,000 11.0%
1987 $2,629,700,000 $23,415,466,000 11.2%
1986 $2,528,000,000 $22,405,701,000 11.3%
1985 $2,948,000,000 $21,799,162,000 13.5%
1984 $2,970,500,000 $20,716,120,000 14.3%
1983 $2,991,100,000 $18,614,272,000 16.1%
1982 $2,811,700,000 $17,970,044,000 15.6%
1981 $2,726,700,000 $16,699,200,000 16.3%
1980 $2,456,200,000 $14,394,940,000 17.1%
1979 $2,019,500,000 $13,525,528,000 14.9%
1978 $1,669,500,000 $12,533,432,000 13.3%
1977 $1,551,800,000 $10,820,471,000 14.3%
1976 $1,410,300,000 $9,982,198,000 14.1%
1975 $1,204,900,000 $9,529,308,000 12.6%
1974 $1,054,800,000 $8,384,331,000 12.6%
1973 $835,500,000 $8,039,167,000 10.4%
1972 $754,600,000 $6,869,533,000 11.0%
1971 $707,200,000 $6,196,200,000 11.4%
1970 $667,800,000 $5,643,652,000 11.8%

Sources: State Energy Price and Expenditure Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. State Personal Income. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

The tables and graphs were updated on December 10, 2014.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.