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Energy Expenditures
in Nebraska's Electric Power Sector

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.

Total electric power sector expenditures on energy increased 7 percent to $486.6 million from 2010 to 2011. Petroleum expenditures increased 61 percent and coal expenditures increased 18 percent. Nuclear fuel expenditures decreased 36 percent, natural gas expenditures decreased 14 percent, and wood and waste expenditures decreased 11 percent.

In 2011, the electric power sector spent $402.7 million for coal, $48.8 million for nuclear fuel, $24.3 million for natural gas, $9.2 million for petroleum, and $1.6 million for wood and waste. There were no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy.

Coal expenditures were over three–quarters (82.8 percent) of the money spent in the electric power sector on energy in 2011. Expenditures on nuclear fuel and natural gas were 10.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively, of the total. Petroleum expenditures were 1.9 percent while wood and waste expenditures were 0.3 percent of the total.

The expenditures are in nominal dollars to provide a better comparison.

chart showing Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type in the Electric Power Sector in Nebraska for the years 1970 through 2011.

Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type,
Electric Power Sector
Nebraska, 2010 – 2011

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
2011 $402.7 $24.3 $48.8 $9.2 $1.6 $486.6
2010 $342.5 $28.2 $71.7 $5.7 $1.8 $449.9

Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type,
Electric Power Sector
Nebraska, 1990 – 2009

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
2009 $321.4 $20.9 $51.7 $3.5 $1.4 $398.9
2008 $204.9 $64.6 $47.1 $9.0 $1.6 $327.2
2007 $183.3 $97.8 $53.2 $6.1 $1.5 $342.6
2006 $175.8 $56.9 $44.4 $3.6 $0.3 $281.0
2005 $156.6 $65.8 $39.2 $4.1 $0.2 $265.9
2004 $142.4 $21.7 $46.8 $1.9 $0.2 $213.0
2003 $131.3 $25.9 $36.1 $2.7 $0.2 $196.3
2002 $121.9 $20.6 $46.3 $1.4 $0.2 $190.3
2001 $122.4 $18.7 $40.3 $2.4 $0.1 $184.0
2000 $111.1 $25.8 $55.1 $4.2 $0.1 $196.3
1999 $105.8 $13.0 $63.1 $1.7 $0.1 $184.5
1998 $115.8 $12.4 $53.1 $1.8 $0.0 $184.0
1997 $108.6 $7.8 $62.7 $1.9 $0.1 $181.0
1996 $124.7 $4.8 $63.4 $1.4 $0.1 $194.4
1995 $129.2 $5.1 $53.5 $1.5 $0.1 $189.5
1994 $116.6 $6.2 $48.1 $1.1 $0.1 $172.1
1993 $120.2 $5.1 $45.7 $1.0 $0.1 $172.1
1992 $100.6 $4.4 $52.6 $0.7 $0.1 $158.3
1991 $108.5 $6.9 $52.2 $0.8 $0.0 $168.3
1990 $103.4 $7.3 $48.8 $1.3 $0.0 $160.7

Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type,
Electric Power Sector
Nebraska, 1970 – 1989

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
1989 $103.9 $5.9 $55.6 $2.1 $0.0 $167.5
1988 $112.3 $5.2 $45.9 $2.4 $0.0 $165.9
1987 $104.5 $4.4 $57.1 $1.6 $0.0 $167.6
1986 $107.7 $5.3 $51.7 $1.9 $0.0 $166.7
1985 $122.9 $4.4 $28.7 $2.1 $0.0 $158.2
1984 $149.9 $4.8 $35.5 $1.5 $0.0 $191.7
1983 $121.00 $4.9 $41.1 $2.7 $0.0 $169.7
1982 $105.3 $4.6 $66.2 $5.1 $0.0 $181.3
1981 $104.4 $10.3 $36.3 $3.7 $0.0 $154.8
1980 $109.8 $20.5 $27.7 $6.7 $0.0 $164.7
1979 $74.1 $19.3 $27.5 $12.9 $0.0 $133.8
1978 $54.1 $13.8 $16.6 $15.2 $0.0 $99.7
1977 $51.0 $14.6 $16.0 $11.0 $0.0 $92.6
1976 $39.1 $15.5 $12.9 $14.7 $0.0 $82.2
1975 $23.4 $23.3 $11.0 $10.5 $0.0 $68.1
1974 $15.7 $23.0 $7.0 $7.3 $0.0 $53.2
1973 $14.2 $22.1 $1.1 $2.1 $0.0 $39.5
1972 $12.2 $18.2 $0.0 $2.4 $0.0 $32.8
1971 $8.8 $15.2 $0.0 $0.9 $0.0 $24.9
1970 $8.5 $12.8 $0.0 $1.0 $0.0 $22.3

Sources: State Energy Price and Expenditure Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: There are no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy. Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding.

The table and graph were updated on August 15, 2013.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.