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Nebraska Energy Statistics

Percent of Income
Spent on Energy

Nebraskans spent more than eleven times as much on energy in 2020 as was spent in 1970. The amounts spent on energy in 2020 and in 1970 accounted for 6.9 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively, of consumer income. Looking at Figure 1, 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 16.6 percent. Each year after peaking, the percentage steadily fell until it was under 10 percent. The percentage went as low as 7.7 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 20 percent from 2008 to 10.0 percent—a major factor was the decrease in energy prices. After that, the percentage was stable around 12 percent. In 2015, the percentage dropped to 8.5 percent due to a decrease in energy prices. From then on, the percentage was stable between 8.0 percent and 9.0 percent until 2020, when the percentage dropped to 6.9 percent. This was possibly due to COVID.

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bar chart showing Percent of Income Spent on Energy.

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Figure 2 provides a bigger picture of the forty–nine–year period under review. Personal income steadily climbed from under $10 billion in 1970 to over $100 billion in 2019. Energy expenditures have been stable from $667.8 million in 1970 to $8.8 billion in 2019. In 2009, energy expenditures dropped 21 percent from 2008 to just over $7 billion and, in 2015, energy expenditures dropped another 21 percent from 2014 to just over $8 billion—a major player was decreases in energy prices.

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bar chart showing Energy Expenditures Share of Personal Income.

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Energy Expenditures as a Percent of
Nebraska's Personal Income

2010 – 2020

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
2020 $7,637,200,000 $111,545,000,000 6.8%
2019 $8,895,300,000 $104,430,200,000 8.5%
2018 $9,210,700,000 $101,204,200,000 9.1%
2017 $8,261,500,000 $97,112,000,000 8.5%
2016 $7,557,400,000 $94,838,000,000 8.0%
2015 $8,165,700,000 $96,282,100,000 8.5%
2014 $10,356,700,000 $92,524,000,000 11.2%
2013 $10,319,300,000 $87,398,700,000 11.8%
2012 $10,170,800,000 $86,754,200,000 11.7%
2011 $10,040,900,000 $84,211,600,000 11.9%
2010 $8,788,100,000 $75,489,600,000 11.6%

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Energy Expenditures as a Percent of
Nebraska's Personal Income

1990 – 2009

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
2009 $7,189,600,000 $71,664,200,000 10.0%
2008 $9,103,000,000 $72,815,500,000 12.5%
2007 $7,956,600,000 $68,718,000,000 11.6%
2006 $7,216,700,000 $63,850,600,000 11.3%
2005 $6,448,000,000 $61,063,500,000 10.6%
2004 $5,404,900,000 $58,826,400,000 9.2%
2003 $4,745,300,000 $56,241,300,000 8.4%
2002 $4,197,600,000 $52,884,600,000 7.9%
2001 $4,454,400,000 $52,068,700,000 8.6%
2000 $4,382,100,000 $49,767,700,000 8.8%
1999 $3,601,300,000 $46,958,300,000 7.7%
1998 $3,496,700,000 $44,804,800,000 7.8%
1997 $3,776,400,000 $42,017,500,000 9.0%
1996 $3,735,800,000 $40,790,100,000 9.2%
1995 $3,338,500,000 $37,436,400,000 8.9%
1994 $3,249,700,000 $35,731,200,000 9.1%
1993 $3,161,700,000 $33,288,500,000 9.5%
1992 $3,063,600,000 $32,208,400,000 9.5%
1991 $3,131,900,000 $30,304,900,000 10.3%
1990 $3,163,900,000 $29,240,300,000 10.8%

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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 $27,305,500,000 10.8%
1988 $2,755,600,000 $25,727,200,000 10.7%
1987 $2,629,700,000 $24,065,800,000 10.9%
1986 $2,528,000,000 $22,999,500,000 11.0%
1985 $2,948,100,000 $22,348,400,000 13.2%
1984 $2,970,500,000 $21,214,700,000 14.0%
1983 $2,991,100,000 $19,046,700,000 15.7%
1982 $2,811,700,000 $18,420,700,000 15.3%
1981 $2,726,800,000 $17,140,500,000 15.9%
1980 $2,456,300,000 $14,758,200,000 16.6%
1979 $2,019,600,000 $13,834,200,000 14.6%
1978 $1,669,500,000 $12,840,900,000 13.0%
1977 $1,551,800,000 $11,073,100,000 14.0%
1976 $1,410,400,000 $10,217,400,000 13.8%
1975 $1,204,900,000 $9,766,400,000 12.3%
1974 $1,054,800,000 $8,565,100,000 12.3%
1973 $835,600,000 $8,225,700,000 10.2%
1972 $754,600,000 $7,052,500,000 10.7%
1971 $707,200,000 $6,368,800,000 11.1%
1970 $667,800,000 $5,798,400,000 11.5%

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

The tables and graphs were updated on September 14, 2022.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.

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