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Ethanol and Unleaded Gasoline
Average Rack Prices

As of November 2020, the rack price of ethanol was $0.78 versus $1.26 for unleaded 87–octane gasoline—a difference of 48 cents per gallon. The average ethanol rack price dropped 16 cent from last month's price and was down 66 cents from a year ago. Unleaded 87–octane gasoline's average rack price fell one cent from last month's price and was 63 cents lower than a year ago. Unleaded 84–octane gasoline's average rack price was the same price compared to last month's price but was 54 cents lower than a year ago.

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

In Table 1 and Table 2 below, 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.

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.

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

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Fuel Ethanol Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska,
1982 – 2020
Table 1 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type Fuel Ethanol
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Fuel/Type Fuel Ethanol
2020 $1.15 $1.03 $0.84 $0.59 $0.75 $0.85 $0.91 $0.87 $0.95 $0.94 $0.78 NA NA
2019 $1.09 $1.12 $1.18 $1.17 $1.21 $1.36 $1.31 $1.30 $1.22 $1.39 $1.44 $1.32 $1.26
2018 $1.00 $1.11 $1.25 $1.31 $1.34 $1.40 $1.41 $1.31 $1.20 $1.21 $1.19 $1.08 $1.23
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

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Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane) Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska,
1982 – 2020
Table 2 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane)
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Fuel/Type Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane)
2020 $1.83 $1.78 $1.14 $0.63 $1.06 $1.30 $1.36 $1.37 $1.34 $1.27 $1.26 NA NA
2019 $1.51 $1.72 $2.04 $2.25 $2.20 $1.93 $2.11 $1.91 $1.99 $1.91 $1.89 $1.82 $1.94
2018 $2.08 $2.05 $2.06 $2.16 $2.31 $2.21 2.26 $2.25 $2.31 $2.22 $1.83 $1.54 $2.11
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

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Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane) Average Rack Prices
F.O.B. Omaha, Nebraska,
2015 – 2020
Table 3 of 3

(Price per Gallon)

Fuel/Type Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane)
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
Fuel/Type Unleaded Gasoline (84 Octane)
2020 $1.70 $1.62 $0.91 $0.50 $0.96 $1.21 $1.27 $1.29 $1.27 $1.21 $1.21 NA NA
2019 $1.40 $1.61 $1.91 $2.09 $2.05 $1.78 $1.90 $1.73 $1.78 $1.76 $1.75 $1.71 $1.79
2018 $1.95 $1.92 $1.93 $2.03 $2.19 $2.10 $2.14 $2.12 $2.20 $2.10 $1.68 $1.44 $1.98
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

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Sources: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, 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 December 8, 2020.
Typically, there is one month between updates.

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