Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel Type Nebraska
Electricity generation increased 1.2 percent to 39,883,391
megawatthours in 2015 from 39,431,291
megawatthours in 2014. As shown in the pie chart below, most of Nebraska's electricity was generated by coal and
nuclear power plants (61 percent and 26 percent, respectively). Plants using
wind generated 8 percent, hydroelectric power generated 4.22 percent, natural
gas generated 1.08 percent, other biomass generated 0.18 percent, and petroleum
generated 0.02 percent.
In 2015, electricity generation by hydroelectric power increased 45.54 percent from 2014, generation by wind increased 16.21 percent, generation by other biomass increased 10.54 percent, generation by natural gas increased 6.17 percent, and generation by nuclear power increased 2.21 percent. Electricity generation by petroleum decreased 85.67 percent from 2014, and generation by coal decreased 5.91 percent.
Nuclear electric power generation decreased 37 percent from 2010 to 2011 and 16.32 percent from 2011 to 2012, 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.
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 November 8, 2016.
Typically, there is one year between updates.