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 2014 and 2015, electric power sector energy use increased 0.2 percent to 403.8 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Natural gas use increased 4 percent although consumption of natural gas comprised 1 percent of the sector's total consumption. Petroleum use decreased 84 percent although consumption of petroleum products comprised less than 1 percent of the sector's total consumption. Nuclear electric power use increased 2 percent and renewable energy use increased 22 percent. Coal use decreased 4 percent.
The principal fuels used at electric utilities are coal (61 percent) and nuclear electric power (27 percent). Renewable energy (11.2 percent), natural gas (1.1 percent), and petroleum (0.02 percent) make up the other 12 percent of fuels consumed. Petroleum was comprised totally of distillate fuel oil.
In 2015, 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.
Hydroelectric power data was included in renewable fuels, but is shown separately in the graphs and data tables below.