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 2010 and 2011, electric power sector energy use decreased 2.4 percent to 370.1 trillion British thermal units (Btu). Petroleum use increased 22 percent although consumption of petroleum products comprised less than 1 percent of the sector's total consumption. Renewable energy use increased 50 percent, natural gas use increased 8 percent, and coal use increased 10 percent. Nuclear electric power use decreased 37 percent.
The principal fuels used at electric utilities are coal (72 percent) and nuclear electric power (20 percent). Renewable energy (7 percent), natural gas (1 percent), and petroleum (0.1 percent) make up the other 8 percent of fuels consumed.
In 2011, 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.