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Ethanol and Unleaded Gasoline
Average Rack Prices

As of April 2018, the rack price of ethanol was $1.31 versus $2.16 for unleaded 87–octane gasoline—a difference of 85 cents per gallon. The average ethanol rack price rose 6 cents from last month's price but was 33 cents lower from a year ago. Unleaded 87–octane gasoline's average rack price was 10 cents higher from last month's price and 34 cents higher than a year ago. Unleaded 84–octane gasoline's average rack price was 10 cents higher compared to last month's price and 37 cents higher than a year ago.

In Figure 1, the average annual rack prices for each type of fuel are shown.

In Tables 1 and 2 below Figure 1, average ethanol and unleaded 87–octane gasoline rack prices per gallon, F.O.B. Omaha, are given for each month with an average annual rack price for each year from 1982 to the present. In Table 3, average unleaded 84–octane gasoline rack prices per gallon, F.O.B. Omaha, are given for each month with an average annual rack price for each year from 2015 to the present.

This symbol indicates a rule of thumb follows. A general rule of thumb: An increase or decrease in the gasoline rack price is a clear indication of the direction of the gasoline price at the pump.

chart showing Ethanol and Unleaded Gasoline Rack Prices F.O.B. for Omaha, Nebraska.

Fuel Ethanol Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska, 1982 – 2018
Table 1 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Fuel Ethanol
Fuel Ethanol
Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
2018 $1.00 $1.11 $1.25 $1.31 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2017 $1.52 $1.51 $1.55 $1.64 $1.62 $1.60 $1.62 $1.64 $1.55 $1.19 $0.98 $0.95 $1.45
2016 $1.43 $1.46 $1.42 $1.54 $1.60 $1.69 $1.64 $1.43 $1.51 $1.58 $1.64 $1.70 $1.55
2015 $1.60 $1.50 $1.53 $1.66 $1.71 $1.62 $1.67 $1.62 $1.61 $1.65 $1.57 $1.52 $1.61
2014 $2.10 $2.02 $2.70 $3.15 $2.44 $2.33 $2.26 $2.24 $2.19 $1.92 $2.38 $2.40 $2.34
2013 $2.32 $2.45 $2.54 $2.55 $2.65 $2.67 $2.58 $2.45 $2.58 $2.16 $2.19 $2.44 $2.47
2012 $2.21 $2.20 $2.29 $2.27 $2.22 $2.13 $2.55 $2.72 $2.52 $2.48 $2.43 $2.40 $2.37
2011 $2.39 $2.44 $2.58 $2.72 $2.72 $2.76 $2.90 $2.94 $2.88 $2.72 $2.88 $2.49 $2.70
2010 $1.95 $1.83 $1.70 $1.60 $1.68 $1.64 $1.62 $1.86 $2.18 $2.33 $2.47 $2.27 $1.93
2009 $1.67 $1.67 $1.62 $1.62 $1.70 $1.81 $1.72 $1.72 $1.69 $1.94 $2.14 $2.15 $1.79
2008 $2.29 $2.31 $2.46 $2.59 $2.73 $2.72 $2.90 $2.75 $2.68 $2.51 $2.10 $1.61 $2.47
2007 $2.26 $2.12 $2.31 $2.37 $2.46 $2.43 $2.51 $2.43 $1.93 $1.79 $2.08 $2.24 $2.24
2006 $2.13 $2.52 $2.42 $2.45 $3.04 $3.58 $3.14 $2.72 $2.33 $1.89 $2.25 $2.43 $2.58
2005 $1.72 $1.56 $1.31 $1.20 $1.20 $1.42 $1.78 $2.07 $2.74 $2.47 $2.09 $1.99 $1.80
2004 $1.40 $1.37 $1.69 $1.80 $1.73 $1.86 $1.68 $1.58 $1.56 $1.87 $1.97 $1.80 $1.69
2003 $1.15 $1.30 $1.44 $1.25 $1.12 $1.27 $1.28 $1.27 $1.38 $1.38 $1.65 $1.72 $1.35
2002 $0.94 $0.94 $1.12 $1.05 $0.95 $1.03 $1.16 $1.35 $1.28 $1.20 $1.25 $1.21 $1.12
2001 $1.77 $1.70 $1.51 $1.46 $1.76 $1.63 $1.41 $1.49 $1.53 $1.36 $1.14 $0.97 $1.48
2000 $1.10 $1.14 $1.14 $1.19 $1.25 $1.35 $1.33 $1.33 $1.48 $1.49 $1.66 $1.72 $1.35
1999 $0.94 $0.95 $1.01 $0.96 $0.95 $0.90 $0.95 $0.95 $0.96 $0.98 $1.09 $1.13 $0.98
1998 $1.16 $1.14 $1.04 $0.96 $0.95 $1.01 $1.06 $1.10 $1.12 $1.10 $1.06 $0.94 $1.05
1997 $1.13 $1.13 $1.13 $1.14 $1.16 $1.08 $1.09 $1.15 $1.19 $1.19 $1.19 $1.18 $1.15
1996 $1.22 $1.23 $1.23 $1.30 $1.37 $1.38 $1.40 $1.54 $1.56 $1.51 $1.30 $1.16 $1.35
1995 $1.25 $1.27 $1.19 $1.16 $1.12 $1.08 $1.08 $1.10 $1.11 $1.11 $1.12 $1.16 $1.15
1994 $1.13 $1.16 $1.13 $1.12 $1.12 $1.19 $1.25 $1.32 $1.26 $1.21 $1.22 $1.18 $1.19
1993 $1.14 $1.23 $1.20 $1.21 $1.19 $1.14 $1.09 $1.12 $1.12 $1.16 $1.11 $1.16 $1.16
1992 $1.22 $1.24 $1.29 $1.32 $1.37 $1.41 $1.35 $1.36 $1.41 $1.38 $1.33 $1.26 $1.33
1991 $1.30 $1.23 $1.25 $1.28 $1.33 $1.27 $1.24 $1.28 $1.21 $1.24 $1.33 $1.28 $1.27
1990 $1.26 $1.23 $1.21 $1.26 $1.29 $1.29 $1.26 $1.52 $1.56 $1.55 $1.50 $1.30 $1.35
1989 $1.15 $1.13 $1.23 $1.40 $1.38 $1.36 $1.31 $1.17 $1.25 $1.24 $1.09 $1.05 $1.23
1988 $1.05 $1.08 $1.09 $1.14 $1.14 $1.14 $1.23 $1.17 $1.13 $1.16 $1.15 $1.13 $1.13
1987 $0.89 $1.01 $1.13 $1.17 $1.36 $1.40 $1.43 $1.43 $1.28 $1.20 $1.12 $1.04 $1.21
1986 $1.52 $1.35 $1.27 $1.22 $1.14 $1.04 $0.95 $1.05 $0.96 $0.84 $0.77 $0.75 $1.07
1985 $1.57 $1.58 $1.57 $1.68 $1.62 $1.62 $1.61 $1.58 $1.59 $1.60 $1.60 $1.55 $1.60
1984 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.54 $1.58 $1.58 $1.56 $1.57 $1.55
1983 $1.69 $1.68 $1.64 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.73 $1.80 $1.65 $1.65 $1.54 $1.68
1982 $1.75 $1.70 $1.66 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.70 $1.69 $1.72 $1.75 $1.71

Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane) Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska, 1982 – 2018
Table 2 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane)
Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane)
Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
2018 $2.08 $2.05 $2.06 $2.16 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2017 $1.76 $1.74 $1.76 $1.82 $1.75 $1.64 $1.71 $1.82 $1.95 $1.95 $1.99 $1.84 $1.81
2016 $1.15 $1.02 $1.46 $1.57 $1.74 $1.82 $1.60 $1.73 $1.75 $1.71 $1.55 $1.67 $1.56
2015 $1.43 $1.76 $1.93 $1.89 $2.08 $2.28 $2.28 $2.19 $1.86 $1.91 $1.52 $1.38 $1.88
2014 $2.74 $2.82 $2.95 $2.94 $2.88 $2.97 $2.79 $2.75 $2.68 $2.46 $2.22 $1.73 $2.66
2013 $2.65 $3.14 $3.05 $2.89 $3.23 $2.90 $2.99 $3.02 $2.92 $2.79 $2.61 $2.59 $2.90
2012 $2.69 $2.98 $3.27 $3.16 $2.95 $2.84 $2.87 $3.11 $3.31 $2.93 $2.69 $2.59 $2.95
2011 $2.56 $2.66 $2.99 $3.27 $3.27 $2.97 $3.09 $2.97 $2.90 $2.83 $2.69 $2.60 $2.90
2010 $2.11 $2.03 $2.24 $2.31 $2.15 $2.11 $2.12 $2.09 $2.11 $2.19 $2.21 $2.41 $2.17
2009 $1.26 $1.28 $1.40 $1.43 $1.76 $2.03 $1.99 $2.00 $1.85 $1.99 $2.06 $2.01 $1.76
2008 $2.43 $2.53 $2.67 $2.89 $3.22 $3.37 $3.30 $3.10 $2.94 $2.02 $1.33 $1.07 $2.57
2007 $1.49 $1.74 $2.02 $2.25 $2.66 $2.41 $2.49 $2.33 $2.30 $2.24 $2.52 $2.35 $2.23
2006 $1.75 $1.67 $1.92 $2.22 $2.18 $2.22 $2.39 $2.31 $1.70 $1.62 $1.65 $1.69 $1.94
2005 $1.31 $1.37 $1.60 $1.64 $1.51 $1.60 $1.66 $2.00 $2.20 $1.82 $1.55 $1.63 $1.66
2004 $1.04 $1.10 $1.17 $1.23 $1.45 $1.27 $1.32 $1.27 $1.30 $1.42 $1.32 $1.17 $1.25
2003 $0.92 $1.11 $1.07 $0.95 $0.96 $0.94 $0.98 $1.10 $0.96 $0.98 $0.89 $0.91 $0.98
2002 $0.59 $0.61 $0.81 $0.86 $0.83 $0.82 $0.88 $0.85 $0.88 $0.96 $0.80 $0.85 $0.81
2001 $0.93 $0.91 $0.86 $1.08 $1.24 $0.85 $0.78 $1.01 $1.01 $0.70 $0.60 $0.56 $0.88
2000 $0.81 $0.86 $0.91 $0.98 $0.99 $1.09 $0.87 $0.91 $1.02 $0.98 $0.94 $0.80 $0.93
1999 $0.37 $0.36 $0.57 $0.57 $0.52 $0.55 $0.64 $0.63 $0.71 $0.66 $0.75 $0.74 $0.59
1998 $0.54 $0.47 $0.40 $0.47 $0.47 $0.43 $0.41 $0.38 $0.39 $0.43 $0.37 $0.41 $0.43
1997 $0.63 $0.59 $0.59 $0.56 $0.54 $0.52 $0.54 $0.52 $0.53 $0.52 $0.54 $0.54 $0.55
1996 $0.66 $0.67 $0.74 $0.82 $0.78 $0.71 $0.69 $0.69 $0.60 $0.64 $0.67 $0.65 $0.69
1995 $0.53 $0.56 $0.57 $0.63 $0.67 $0.61 $0.56 $0.57 $0.58 $0.58 $0.61 $0.63 $0.59
1994 $0.46 $0.51 $0.52 $0.55 $0.56 $0.59 $0.63 $0.68 $0.59 $0.52 $0.56 $0.50 $0.56
1993 $0.58 $0.59 $0.66 $0.65 $0.66 $0.62 $0.57 $0.58 $0.58 $0.61 $0.56 $0.46 $0.59
1992 $0.54 $0.57 $0.61 $0.64 $0.69 $0.70 $0.66 $0.65 $0.68 $0.67 $0.62 $0.59 $0.64
1991 $0.77 $0.67 $0.67 $0.73 $0.74 $0.68 $0.68 $0.73 $0.64 $0.64 $0.70 $0.59 $0.69
1990 $0.65 $0.63 $0.62 $0.67 $0.69 $0.67 $0.62 $0.85 $0.94 $0.95 $0.91 $0.76 $0.75
1989 $0.54 $0.52 $0.56 $0.63 $0.64 $0.71 $0.71 $0.56 $0.66 $0.63 $0.58 $0.55 $0.61
1988 $0.48 $0.50 $0.50 $0.57 $0.57 $0.55 $0.60 $0.59 $0.54 $0.51 $0.54 $0.53 $0.54
1987 $0.54 $0.52 $0.54 $0.56 $0.59 $0.61 $0.64 $0.63 $0.57 $0.58 $0.58 $0.49 $0.57
1986 $0.74 $0.60 $0.46 $0.50 $0.58 $0.54 $0.42 $0.47 $0.48 $0.45 $0.47 $0.46 $0.51
1985 $0.74 $0.73 $0.80 $0.88 $0.92 $0.93 $0.93 $0.91 $0.82 $0.82 $0.86 $0.82 $0.85
1984 $0.84 $0.86 $0.87 $0.88 $0.88 $0.87 $0.84 $0.84 $0.84 $0.85 $0.84 $0.74 $0.85
1983 $0.92 $0.88 $0.86 $0.90 $0.94 $0.95 $0.95 $0.95 $0.93 $0.91 $0.89 $0.87 $0.91
1982 $1.04 $1.01 $0.95 $0.90 $0.94 $1.05 $1.06 $1.05 $1.03 $1.02 $0.99 $0.96 $1.00

Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane) Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska, 2015 – 2018
Table 3 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane)
Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane)
Fuel/Type
Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
2018 $1.95 $1.92 $1.93 $2.03 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
2017 $1.67 $1.64 $1.60 $1.66 $1.59 $1.49 $1.58 $1.69 $1.81 $1.80 $1.87 $1.75 $1.68
2016 $1.05 $0.95 $1.33 $1.38 $1.54 $1.57 $1.43 $1.55 $1.50 $1.51 $1.36 $1.59 $1.40
2015 $1.32 $1.69 $1.82 $1.78 $1.97 $2.03 $1.97 $1.77 $1.57 $1.63 $1.38 $1.25 $1.68

Sources: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: The price excludes discounts and Superfund. The numbers in red indicate revised numbers. NA indicates data is not available.

The tables were updated on May 2, 2018.
Typically, there is one month between updates.

The figure was updated on January 4, 2018.
Typically, there is one year between updates.