Compressed Natural Gas Consumption as
Vehicle Fuel in Nebraska

With the exception of December, during the months of 2018, compressed natural gas (CNG) consumption for vehicle use was far above the five–year range (2013–2017), five–year (2013–2017) average, and last year's consumption. This is seen in Figure 1.

As shown in the data table below, 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 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 from 2012 to the present. See Henry Hub data for spot price information. Annual consumption figures continue to increase significantly. The most recent increase, from 2017 to 2018, was 47 percent.

The number of vehicles consuming compressed natural gas can be found in the report The Number of Registered Vehicles in Nebraska by the Fuel Consumed.

chart representing the gallons of compressed natural gas consumed as vehicle fuel in Nebraska

Compressed Natural Gas Consumption as Vehicle Fuel in Nebraska
2006 – 2018

(Gallons)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2018 189,988 173,045 201,044 177,619 181,279 188,625 175,213 193,872 177,975 193,917 196,500 180,608 2,229,685
2017 118,079 116,767 139,561 124,073 118,350 119,933 109,607 112,626 115,715 103,453 148,341 192,565 1,519,070
2016 112,420 113,868 127,679 123,747 112,012 123,972 103,077 113,230 136,373 115,582 112,504 125,148 1,419,612
2015 68,497 65,484 84,792 77,214 120,103 131,559 124,553 122,788 132,554 124,067 106,520 122,217 1,280,348
2014 41,865 50,426 58,331 64,474 64,706 70,730 64,283 66,797 72,001 78,544 50,630 70,774 753,561
2013 27,904 26,195 37,961 29,585 32,515 48,128 29,872 34,387 51,470 37,577 40,559 55,846 451,999
2012 12,084 17,507 37,817 11,227 12,749 23,056 16,947 24,510 27,362 28,203 23,710 32,303 267,475
2011 4,413 3,349 3,684 2,418 3,756 5,678 5,204 9,165 9,383 6,178 12,077 20,306 85,611
2010 3,952 5,160 4,240 3,968 3,245 2,098 3,718 3,582 3,738 3,798 3,756 4,636 45,891
2009 3,600 4,000 3,760 3,520 4,072 3,862 4,591 3,744 4,359 5,432 4,616 5,350 50,906
2008 4,813 3,624 4,112 3,848 4,352 2,912 3,176 3,192 3,344 3,808 4,960 7,179 49,320
2007 4,376 4,144 3,550 3,792 3,728 4,288 4,595 3,888 2,090 1,696 4,432 5,001 45,580
2006 4,840 4,352 3,980 3,936 4,739 4,584 5,099 4,736 5,380 4,760 4,936 6,684 58,026

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. Organizations, groups, companies, fuels, or individuals in the agency’s pages are for information only and are not an endorsement by the State of Nebraska or the Nebraska Energy Office and its management or staff.

This table and chart were updated on April 2, 2019.
Typically, there is six months between updates.