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Market Share of Ethanol–Blended Fuel
in Nebraska

In Nebraska, most ethanol is sold in a blended fuel—10 percent ethanol with 90 percent gasoline (called E–10) or 85 percent ethanol with 15 percent gasoline (called E85). Of the total gasoline and ethanol–blended fuel sold in the state in 2012, 79 percent was an ethanol blend.

Ethanol–blended fuel's market share fell in 2001 when the ethanol rack price began rising faster than the gasoline rack price. The graph below indicates a significant increase in market share for ethanol–blended fuel during 2002 to 2005. The availability of ethanol–blended fuel, the price at the pump, and strong demand contributed to the increase. The number of fuel stations offering ethanol–blended fuel was on the rise, which increased the availability of ethanol–blended fuel. The ethanol–blended fuel pump price became favorable in comparison to the regular unleaded gasoline pump price when crude oil prices increased. A possible factor in the lower market share during 2006 was the price premium of ethanol to gasoline. In 2007, market share regained its upward momentum with additional ethanol operating capacity pushing ethanol prices lower. Market share continued its rise through most of 2008.

In the fall of 2009, expectations for a record corn harvest came to fruition. Corn and ethanol prices felt the impact and were pushed lower. Even with the expectations and then the actual harvest record, ethanol–blended fuel's market share did not reflect enough growth to overcome 2008's record market share.

In 2010, although Nebraska was experiencing high corn prices and low petroleum costs, ethanol–blended fuel's market share rose to a new record high of 76 percent. Ethanol–blended fuel's market share in 2011 made another record high at 81 percent.

Gasoline demand dropped 6 percent in 2012 as more drivers filled up with ethanol–blended fuels. Even though ethanol prices were lower due to high ethanol inventories and, by the end of 2012, ethanol demand was very strong, ethanol–blended fuel's market share dipped to 79 percent.

Monthly averages are available. The ethanol section of the state energy office's energy statistics has more information.

line chart showing Market Share of Ethanol-Blended Fuel in Nebraska from 1993 through 2012.

Market Share of
Ethanol–Blended Fuel in Nebraska
1993 – 2012

Year Ethanol–Blend
(Gallons)
Gasoline
(Gallons)
Annual Total
(Gallons)
Ethanol–Blend
Market Share
(Percent)
2012 655,352,915 176,347,231 831,700,146 78.80%
2011 662,948,096 159,717,125 822,665,221 80.60%
2010 641,512,693 202,737,874 844,250,567 76.00%
2009 556,777,551 261,216,313 817,993,864 68.10%
2008 603,876,294 221,355,779 825,232,073 73.20%
2007 543,155,418 285,501,195 828,656,613 65.50%
2006 440,640,431 375,010,121 815,650,552 54.00%
2005 519,378,181 302,704,444 822,082,625 63.20%
2004 389,692,366 452,232,622 841,924,988 46.30%
2003 369,010,649 478,050,712 847,061,361 43.60%
2002 325,265,186 525,090,650 850,355,836 38.30%
2001 238,263,262 591,695,432 829,958,694 28.70%
2000 295,453,347 541,400,519 836,853,866 35.30%
1999 213,678,714 632,032,642 845,711,356 25.30%
1998 189,956,805 661,061,910 851,018,715 22.30%
1997 206,250,862 629,887,065 836,137,927 24.70%
1996 183,903,344 636,785,443 820,688,787 22.40%
1995 238,027,521 587,503,297 825,530,818 28.80%
1994 230,802,731 525,261,561 756,064,292 30.50%
1993 278,960,759 508,730,756 787,691,515 35.40%

Sources: "Monthly Motor–Fuel Consumption." Nebraska Department of Revenue, Motor Fuels Division, Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: The gasoline numbers are net volume numbers which exclude motor fuel for aviation use, nonhighway agricultural use, and industrial use. NA indicates data is not available. Numbers in red have been revised.

The table and graph were revised on March 1, 2013.
Typically, there is one year between updates.