The Nebraska Energy Office has participated in the State Heating Oil and Propane Program for
thirteen winter seasons. During the heating season (October to March), the staff contact companies
each week who supply propane to Nebraska, collect Monday's retail price, and submit the data to
the Energy Information Administration. The Energy Information
Administration calculates the average price shown in the table above.
In previous years, Nebraska had the lowest average residential propane price each week in the
Midwest Region. The Energy Information Administration theorized that this was due to minimal
transportation costs since Nebraska's wholesale prices were not the lowest
in the region each week. Another reason would have been the number of participating states. Since
state participation in the program is voluntary, propane prices have not been surveyed in each
state in the Midwest Region. Kansas and Oklahoma might also have had low prices—possibly
lower than Nebraska's because the two states are closer to production, refinery, and storage areas.
During the off season (April through September), time permitting, the Nebraska Energy Office staff
continue to contact the same suppliers who were contacted during the heating season. Staff contact
suppliers once a month instead of once a week since the price of propane is usually not as volatile
during the off season. The Nebraska Energy Office staff calculate the average price, shown in the
table above, from the suppliers' retail prices on the first Monday of the month.
State Heating Oil
and Propane Program
The Energy Information Administration, the independent statistical and analytical agency within
the U.S. Department of Energy, conducts the State Heating Oil and Propane Program from October
to March—the heating season—each year. The Energy Information Administration collects
prices for the program each week from participating states and calculates a state average price,
a regional average price, and a national average price which can be seen in the report
Residential Propane Prices
by Region and State.
For statistical purposes, the Energy Information Administration defines the
Region to include the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
The prices represent average home heating charge prices for delivery of consumer grade propane,
excluding taxes and cash discounts.
Sources: State Heating Oil and Propane Survey and the Weekly Petroleum Status Report.
Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.
Note: NA indicates that data is not available.
This report was updated on August 6, 2014.
Typically, there is one week between updates during the heating season and
one month between updates during the cooling season.