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Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel Type
Nebraska

Electricity generation decreased 5.2 percent to 34,217,293 megawatthours in 2012 from 36,095,052 megawatthours in 2011. Most of Nebraska's electricity was generated by coal and nuclear power plants (73.1 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively). Plants using wind generated 3.75 percent, hydroelectric power generated 3.67 percent, natural gas generated 2.25 percent, other biomass generated 0.18 percent, and petroleum generated 0.07 percent.

In 2012, electricity generation by natural gas increased 80.82 percent from 2011 and generation by wind increased 22.15 percent. Electricity generation by petroleum decreased 39.3 percent, generation by hydroelectric power decreased 22.27 percent, generation by nuclear power decreased 16.32 percent, generation by coal decreased 3.64 percent, and generation by other biomass decreased 3.5 percent from 2011.

Nuclear electric power generation decreased 16.32 percent from 2011 and 37 percent from 2010, which was due to the shutdown of the Fort Calhourn Nuclear Plant for the 2010 maintenance period and then from the 2011 flood.

There was an increase in electricity generation from other biomass from electric generators, electric utilities, between 1992–1998, because the Sheldon plant, operated by Nebraska Public Power District, was producing electricity from tire chips. There was no generation reported from this renewable energy source after 1998. The process was discontinued, because it was not considered cost–effective.

Also see the Generating Units report, the Units and Capacity by Energy Source report, and the Units and Capacity by Energy Source and Year of Initial Operation report for additional information.

chart showing Nebraska's Annual Electricity Generation by Energy Source, from 1990 through 2011.

Nebraska's Annual Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source and by Producer
2009 – 2012
Table 1

(Megawatthours)

Year / Energy Source / Producer Coal Conventional
Hydroelectric
Natural Gas Nuclear Other Other Biomass Other Gases Petroleum Wind Total
2012
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 692 17,049 17,741
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 333,588 11,011 344,599
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 24,685,628 1,257,054 758,397 5,801,578 46,083 22,583 211,562 32,782,885
Electric Generators, Independent Power Producers 1,072,067 1,072,067
Total Electric Power Industry 25,019,216 1,257,054 770,100 5,801,578 63,132 22,583 1,283,630 34,217,293
2011
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 3,242 13,873 17,115
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 257,450 20,908 278,358
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 25,707,793 1,617,228 401,745 6,933,174 51,547 37,207 228,865 34,977,559
Electric Generators, Independent Power Producers 822,020 822,020
Total Electric Power Industry 25,965,243 1,617,228 425,895 6,933,174 65,420 37,207 1,050,885 36,095,052
2010
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 195 12,347 12,542
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 155 5,665 5,820
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 148,159 12,289 160,448
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 23,214,616 1,313,856 362,396 11,054,337 53,497 30,849 213,370 36,242,921
Electric Generators, Independent Power Producers 208,275 208,275
Total Electric Power Industry 23,362,776 1,313,856 375,035 11,054,337 71,508 30,849 421,645 36,630,006
2009
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 291 14,123 14,414
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 97 4,623 4,720
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 42,034 42,034
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 23,307,746 433,690 311,194 9,435,142 47,449 22,869 217,972 33,776,062
Electric Generators, Independent Power Producers 164,662 164,662
Total Electric Power Industry 23,349,780 433,690 311,581 9,435,142 66,195 22,869 382,634 34,001,892

Nebraska's Annual Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source and by Producer
2005 – 2008
Table 2

(Megawatthours)

Year / Energy Source / Producer Coal Conventional
Hydroelectric
Natural Gas Nuclear Other Other Biomass Other Gases Petroleum Wind Total
2008
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 63 12,861 12,924
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,365 3,508 4,873
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 49 49
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 21,479,723 346,456 757,060 9,479,039 44,559 0 34,655 214,184 32,355,676
Total Electric Power Industry 21,479,773 346,456 758,487 9,479,039 60,929 0 34,655 214,184 32,373,522
2007
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 4,374 12,238 215 16,827
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,684 2,837 4,521
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 18,062 18,062
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 19,611,849 347,444 1,103,962 11,041,532 46,184 0 35,552 216,765 32,403,289
Total Electric Power Industry 19,629,911 347,444 1,110,020 11,041,532 61,259 0 35,767 216,765 32,442,699
2006
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 4,869 11,472 403 16,744
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,348 3,137 4,485
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 49,693 49,693
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 20,632,855 893,386 752,584 9,002,656 37,404 0 18,914 261,247 31,599,046
Total Electric Power Industry 20,682,548 893,386 758,801 9,002,656 52,014 0 19,317 261,247 31,669,969
2005
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 7,608 10,631 980 19,219
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 842 7,449 8,291
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 45,581 45,581
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 20,772,590 871,473 794,533 8,801,841 24,566 6 30,026 96,608 31,391,643
Total Electric Power Industry 20,818,171 871,473 802,983 8,801,841 42,646 6 31,005 96,608 31,464,734

Nebraska's Annual Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source and by Producer
2000 – 2004
Table 3

(Megawatthours)

Year / Energy Source / Producer Coal Conventional
Hydroelectric
Natural Gas Nuclear Other Other Biomass Other Gases Petroleum Wind Total
2004
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 8,813 12,774 864 22,451
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1 5 6
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 42,125 0 42,125
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 20,414,960 913,021 288,576 10,241,254 0 26,739 142 21,004 38,431 31,944,127
Total Electric Power Industry 20,457,085 913,021 297,390 10,241,254 0 39,518 142 21,868 38,431 32,008,709
2003
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 9,131 10,446 881 20,458
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 2,538 18,906 21,444
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 46,203 0 46,203
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 20,907,970 980,110 369,409 7,996,902 0 27,090 206 47,971 38,221 30,367,879
Total Electric Power Industry 20,954,173 980,110 381,078 7,996,902 0 56,442 206 48,852 38,221 30,455,984
2002
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 7,987 6,538 2,139 16,663
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,045 6,455 7,500
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 44,104 0 44,104
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 19,899,803 1,097,486 404,106 10,122,242 0 101 18,410 8,078 31,550,226
Total Electric Power Industry 19,943,907 1,097,486 413,138 10,122,242 0 12,993 101 20,549 8,078 31,618,493
2001
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 5,592 8,374 3,036 17,002
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 8,289 8,289
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 45,164 3,090 48,254
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 20,193,542 1,124,122 340,050 8,726,113 58 25,154 2,630 30,411,669
Total Electric Power Industry 20,238,706 1,124,122 348,732 8,726,113 58 16,663 28,190 2,630 30,485,214
2000
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 7,797 9,908 944 18,649
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 863 6,606 7,470
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 33,134 4,872 38,006
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 18,424,799 1,500,724 437,822 8,628,679 0 53,715 0 29,045,739
Total Electric Power Industry 18,457,933 1,500,724 451,355 8,628,679 16,514 54,659 0 29,109,864

Nebraska's Annual Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source and by Producer
1995 – 1999
Table 4

(Megawatthours)

Year / Energy Source / Producer Coal Conventional
Hydroelectric
Natural Gas Nuclear Other Other Biomass Other Gases Petroleum Wind Total
1999
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 8,262 9,211 816 18,289
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,742 6,991 8,733
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 43,040 4,722 47,762
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 17,794,136 1,719,030 347,902 10,091,092 0 28,807 0 29,980,967
Total Electric Power Industry 17,837,176 1,719,030 362,628 10,091,092 16,202 29,623 0 30,055,751
1998
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 8,979 10,878 715 20,573
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 2,392 6,008 8,400
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 44,506 3,104 47,610
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 18,335,965 1,682,834 400,008 8,258,803 707 41,892 0 28,720,209
Total Electric Power Industry 18,380,471 1,682,834 414,483 8,258,803 17,593 42,607 0 28,796,791
1997
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power 605 9,382 9,986
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power 1,407 6,988 8,395
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 39,557 3,298 42,855
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 17,209,080 1,672,419 205,991 9,268,857 624 31,059 28,388,030
Total Electric Power Industry 17,248,637 1,672,419 211,300 9,268,857 16,994 31,059 28,449,266
1996
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 26,227 2,185 28,412
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 16,040,775 1,601,919 191,682 9,456,814 11,534 19,973 27,322,697
Total Electric Power Industry 16,067,002 1,601,919 193,867 9,456,814 11,534 19,973 27,351,109
1995
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 24,900 123 25,023
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 16,079,519 1,426,058 245,305 7,485,448 16,268 26,679 25,279,277
Total Electric Power Industry 16,104,419 1,426,058 245,428 7,485,448 16,268 26,679 25,304,300

Nebraska's Annual Electricity Net Generation by Energy Source and by Producer
1990 – 1994
Table 5

(Megawatthours)

Year / Energy Source / Producer Coal Conventional
Hydroelectric
Natural Gas Nuclear Other Other Biomass Other Gases Petroleum Wind Total
1994
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 37,452 154 37,606
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 14,002,015 1,311,883 258,764 6,345,330 9,332 18,201 21,945,525
Total Electric Power Industry 14,039,467 1,311,883 258,918 6,345,330 9,332 18,201 21,983,131
1993
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 36,428 143 36,570
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 14,739,783 1,001,663 152,922 6,805,133 5,750 19,035 22,724,286
Total Electric Power Industry 14,776,211 1,001,663 153,065 6,805,133 5,750 19,035 22,760,856
1992
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 38,027 224 38,251
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 12,402,148 1,075,446 145,268 8,748,468 6,435 9,482 22,387,247
Total Electric Power Industry 12,440,175 1,075,446 145,492 8,748,468 6,435 9,482 22,425,498
1991
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 28,413 28,413
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 13,562,815 1,044,671 303,327 8,047,662 13,459 22,971,934
Total Electric Power Industry 13,591,228 1,044,671 303,327 8,047,662 13,459 23,000,347
1990
Combined Heat and Power, Commercial Power
Combined Heat and Power, Electric Power
Combined Heat and Power, Industrial Power 2,686 224 2,910
Electric Generators, Electric Utilities 12,658,464 1,140,093 307,841 7,511,298 12,981 21,630,677
Total Electric Power Industry 12,661,150 1,140,093 308,065 7,511,298 12,981 21,633,587

Sources: Electric Power Annual. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding, and totals from one table to the next may not be equivalent.

Coal includes anthracite, bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, lignite, waste coal, and synthetic coal.

Other includes non–biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, chemicals, hydrogen, pitch, purchased steam, sulfur, tire–derived fuels, and miscellaneous technologies.

Other Biomass includes biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agricultural byproducts, other biomass solids, other biomass liquids, and other biomass gases (including digester gases and methane).

Other Gases includes blast furnace gas, propane gas, and other manufactured and waste gases derived from fossil fuels.

Petroleum includes distillate fuel oil (all diesel and No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 fuel oils), residual fuel oil (No. 5 and No. 6 fuel oils and bunker C fuel oil), jet fuel, kerosene, petroleum coke, and waste oil.

Wood and Wood Derived Fuels includes paper pellets, railroad ties, utility poles, wood chips, bark, red liquor, sludge wood, spent sulfite liquor, and black liquor, with other wood waste solids and wood–based liquids.

The table and graph were updated on July 7, 2014.
Typically, there is one year between updates.