The electric power sector consists of facilities which generate electricity primarily for use by the public. Energy is used for the generation, distribution, and transmission of electric power.
Between 2011 and 2012, electric power sector energy use decreased 6.2 percent to 347.3 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Natural gas use increased 85 percent although consumption of natural gas comprised less than 3 percent of the sector's total consumption. Petroleum use decreased 39 percent although consumption of petroleum products comprised less than 1 percent of the sector's total consumption. Nuclear electric power use decreased 16.2 percent, renewable energy use decreased 6.8 percent, and coal use decreased 4.8 percent.
The principal fuels used at electric utilities are coal (73 percent) and nuclear electric power (18 percent). Renewable energy (7 percent), natural gas (2 percent), and petroleum (0.07 percent) make up the other 9 percent of fuels consumed.
In 2012, consumption of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy and geothermal energy in the electric power sector was comparatively small and rounded to zero. More information on solar energy, geothermal energy, and wind energy in Nebraska is available.