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 decreased 10.1 percent to $427.4 million from 2014 to 2015. Petroleum expenditures decreased 86.4 percent, natural gas expenditures decreased 31.0 percent, coal expenditures decreased 7.3 percent, and nuclear fuel expenditures decreased 4.7 percent. Wood and waste expenditures increased 11.8 percent.

In 2015, the electric power sector spent $329.7 million for coal, $77.2 million for nuclear fuel, $16.9 million for natural gas, $1.9 million for wood and waste, and $1.7 million for petroleum. There were no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy.

Coal expenditures were relatively three–quarters (77.1 percent) of the money spent in the electric power sector on energy in 2015. Expenditures on nuclear fuel and natural gas were 18.1 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively, of the total. Wood and waste expenditures were 0.44 percent while petroleum expenditures were 0.40 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 2015.

Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type,
Electric Power Sector
Nebraska, 2010 – 2015

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
2015 $329.7 $16.9 $77.2 $1.7 $1.9 $427.4
2014 $355.5 $24.5 $81.0 $12.5 $1.7 $475.2
2013 $386.7 $22.8 $60.0 $12.1 $1.4 $483.0
2012 $392.2 $30.2 $46.5 $5.7 $1.3 $475.9
2011 $402.7 $24.2 $50.2 $9.1 $1.6 $487.9
2010 $342.5 $28.2 $74.8 $5.7 $1.8 $452.9

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 $55.6 $3.5 $1.4 $402.9
2008 $204.9 $64.6 $47.1 $8.9 $1.6 $327.1
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 2, 2017.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.