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Biomass Energy Generation
in Nebraska

In 2013, the companies listed below reported that over 73 million kilowatthours of electricity were generated by biomass energy in Nebraska, an increase of 5.4 percent from the 2012 generation of 69,540,072 kilowatthours (see graph and table below).

The City of Lincoln and Lincoln Electric System have partnered on the Landfill Gas to Energy Project to harness the methane gas produced at the City of Lincoln's Bluff Road Landfill. The Landfill Gas to Energy Project is a 4.8 megawatt Lincoln Electric System power generating facility fueled with methane gas produced at the City of Lincoln's Bluff Road Landfill. The plant began commercial operation January 1, 2014. The project will provide the area with annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to the emissions from about 24,000 cars. To operate the plant, the Lincoln Electric System will purchase about 300,000 million British thermal units (Btu) of landfill gas from the City of Lincoln and use it to produce electricity capable of serving about 2,500 local households. The Lincoln Electric System has agreed to purchase the methane gas recovered from the Bluff Road Landfill and to convert all of the methane gas to electricity.

Timberline Energy has constructed and is operating a methane recovery and processing solution that processes methane recovered from the Butler County landfill into clean energy that is used in the boilers of Henningsen Foods. This is an example of a direct use solution. The clean methane provides a renewable and sustainable fuel source, displacing natural gas to fire steam boilers. Only a portion of the natural gas used by Henningsen Foods is displaced by the landfill methane. The Butler County project went commercial in July of 2008.

OLean Energy, owned and operated by Danny and Josie Kluthe, began generating electricity from methane in September, 2005. The facility is the first methane recovery project that uses animal waste as a renewable energy source to generate electricity. The 8,000-head hog operation is located in Colfax County, three miles west of Dodge, Nebraska. Manure is pumped into a digester where it is heated and stirred to generate methane gas. The methane is captured by the digester cover and piped to the genset building where it is used to power an engine. The engine powers a generator that distributes electricity into Cuming County Public Power District's power lines. Nebraska Public Power District assisted in the project's electrical interconnection to Cuming County Public Power District's distribution system. OLean Energy has a total capacity of 0.08 megawatt. The average annual output could power 35 homes.

Elk City Station, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, is the first power plant in Nebraska to collect and burn methane to produce electricity. The station started generating electricity from methane in April, 2002. The methane is obtained from the nearby Douglas County Landfill. Elk City Station is a base load unit indicating that it can run year round. Elk City Station recently completed an expansion and now has a total capacity of 4.6 megawatts. The average annual output could power 4,000 homes.

The Theresa Street Waste Water Treatment Plant, operated by the City of Lincoln, started generating electricity from biomass in November, 1995. All of the electricity is used by the plant in its operations. The Theresa Street facility uses an anaerobic digestion process which is the breaking down of organic solids by microorganisms into a more stable form. The production of methane gas is a by-product of the anaerobic digestion process. At the Theresa Street facility, the methane gas is used by two enginators as fuel to generate electrical power and to provide heat for the digestion process. The enginators can produce as much as 900 kilowatts of power while maintaining a temperature of 98 degrees Fahrenheit in the three egg-shaped digesters. This benefits the environment by reducing the need for electricity produced from fossil fuels and utilizes the methane gas which would otherwise be wasted.

The City of Omaha operates the Missouri River Treatment Plant and the Papillion Creek Treatment Plant. The plants started generating electricity from methane in 1985. The Missouri River Treatment Plant added a 1 megawatt generator in 2001 in addition to the existing 1 megawatt generator installed in 1985. At this time, only data for the Missouri River Treatment Plant from 2003 to the present and data for the Papillion Creek Treatment Plant for 2005 to the present is available.

For more information, see Operational Electric Generating Units.

bar chart representing Nebraska Biomass Energy Generation from 1995 through 2013.

Biomass Energy Generation
Nebraska, 2013–2014

[Kilowatthours (kWh)]

Year
Company
Plant
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2014
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 417,332 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Lincoln Electric System
Bluff Road Landfill 1,683,000 1,558,000 1,672,000 1,530,000 1,414,000 1,216,000 1,607,000 2,180,000 2,020,000 2,434,000 NA NA NA
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 12,439 26,184 11,410 15,272 17,724 8,386 18,029 354 18,509 193 NA NA NA
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 3,750,438 3,423,769 3,757,368 3,735,724 4,186,552 4,128,151 4,288,015 3,968,146 3,972,581 NA NA NA NA
2014 Total NA
2013
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 517,969 480,474 544,135 396,324 440,958 499,554 413,845 448,453 467,749 518,372 534,008 510,768 5,772,609
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 2,184 4,427 19,389 12,189 28,890 17,683 570 9,696 8,854 16,381 3,337 252 123,852
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,348,225 710,560 1,290,477 682,678 731,295 1,068,054 965,496 798,586 794,656 775,582 816,800 995,524 10,977,933
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 629,000 484,000 606,000 620,000 661,000 495,000 621,000 650,000 658,000 657,000 591,000 621,000 7,293,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 3,899,903 3,552,545 3,811,361 4,219,215 4,382,530 4,342,396 4,548,917 4,221,662 4,358,559 3,931,591 4,004,451 3,851,102 49,124,232
2013 Total 73,291,626

Biomass Energy Generation
Nebraska, 2005 – 2012

[Kilowatthours (kWh)]

Year
Company
Plant
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2012
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 470,653 511,239 519,954 501,565 495,737 466,869 380,153 354,257 402,264 487,465 496,223 539,700 5,626,079
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 25,664 13,272 5,913 15,167 4,645 6,631 2,016 9 1,446 11,662 3,107 364 89,896
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 977,924 751,015 921,631 895,271 1,102,655 918,593 914,045 873,701 796,013 858,081 976,351 963,367 10,948,647
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 466,000 404,000 509,000 487,000 584,000 605,000 634,000 633,000 619,000 626,000 572,000 653,000 6,792,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 4,132,096 3,568,080 2,100,153 3,730,582 3,963,808 3,712,944 3,819,326 3,994,118 4,254,534 4,521,127 4,381,408 3,905,274 46,083,450
2012 Total 69,540,072
2011
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 294,386 362,136 437,342 490,696 482,374 419,238 396,413 422,711 455,136 534,449 537,532 565,008 5,397,421
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 5,143 184 51 24,068 8,942 40,359 16,232 6,450 21,199 8,040 19,588 20,250 170,506
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,124,932 1,072,866 1,239,856 1,031,970 1,029,245 862,182 1,064,250 960,184 1,108,148 718,518 750,648 728,391 11,691,189
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 481,000 402,000 466,000 302,000 465,000 511,000 454,000 427,000 449,000 554,000 475,000 437,000 5,423,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 4,448,695 3,988,183 4,426,186 4,404,438 4,236,111 4,285,143 4,528,703 4,510,503 4,029,754 4,080,961 4,307,019 4,168,014 51,413,710
2011 Total 74,095,826
2010
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 459,268 470,288 NA 442,634 454,472 453,209 440,291 470,682 504,890 549,489 514,680 298,487 5,058,390
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 1,247 13,536 6,381 0 13,764 32,826 6,145 0 8,639 44,570 19,588 27,759 174,455
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 904,669 685,052 1,012,679 1,263,300 1,239,287 1,082,834 1,010,366 1,068,188 1,076,682 1,279,814 1,002,158 916,792 12,541,821
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 361,000 351,000 381,000 388,000 557,000 508,000 607,000 636,000 621,000 657,000 357,000 396,000 5,820,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 4,509,982 4,105,327 4,559,827 4,420,842 4,590,770 4,267,856 4,524,420 4,570,558 4,418,684 4,590,668 4,440,814 4,264,932 53,264,680
2010 Total 76,859,346
2009
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 309,484 353,023 473,571 519,833 505,290 443,960 227,550 257,040 253,695 263,859 257,338 499,203 4,363,846
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 527 16,863 47,058 32,728 53,601 14,554 898 146 44 1,450 13,475 18,667 200,011
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 928,483 1,124,669 1,608,151 1,712,412 1,194,182 1,075,499 1,283,968 1,162,294 1,010,430 1,146,295 1,032,713 1,134,511 14,413,607
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 335,000 299,000 320,000 327,000 582,000 603,000 441,000 336,000 366,000 412,000 350,000 384,000 4,755,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 3,599,895 3,357,678 3,616,578 3,599,937 3,845,420 3,845,420 3,803,723 4,066,658 4,393,427 4,592,751 4,442,246 4,479,501 47,643,234
2009 Total 71,375,698
2008
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 499,382 538,503 541,430 537,787 531,725 508,322 446,822 432,821 381,507 489,299 376,448 313,255 5,597,301
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 25,854 50,560 55,156 46,784 53,419 47,607 28,013 29,292 48,899 55,727 44,805 22,381 508,497
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,086,421 1,041,496 1,084,584 1,056,869 1,132,246 989,281 1,092,167 1,134,838 1,038,576 1,131,643 945,322 1,190,255 12,923,698
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 337,000 309,000 337,000 331,000 380,000 480,000 556,000 507,000 460,000 499,000 317,000 360,000 4,873,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 3,908,130 3,448,933 3,515,835 3,879,574 3,980,753 3,666,428 3,771,870 3,713,694 3,322,901 3,813,071 3,796,033 3,741,397 44,558,619
2008 Total 68,461,115
2007
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 341,803 285,683 405,347 524,203 484,101 398,771 442,894 459,920 418,440 377,573 449,601 507,614 5,095,950
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 24,022 11,386 45,928 48,622 51,644 34,436 51,212 48,899 55,138 39,764 32,115 45,613 488,779
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,103,334 833,348 893,166 858,385 980,249 1,011,977 1,089,264 1,115,486 1,057,953 1,164,689 1,029,223 1,189,823 12,326,897
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 229,000 240,000 318,000 347,000 305,000 282,000 311,000 339,000 266,000 230,000 201,000 209,000 3,277,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 3,932,422 3,507,015 3,903,094 3,746,656 3,817,969 3,720,893 3,906,880 3,900,823 3,868,109 4,008,518 3,849,507 4,020,499 46,182,385
2007 Total 67,371,011
2006
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 476,396 349,794 275,203 282,155 441,164 492,296 402,349 405,955 395,431 415,596 438,710 472,777 4,847,826
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 22,739 16,645 21,180 18,944 14,530 18,153 41,756 48,660 50,546 54,830 40,806 28,872 377,661
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,028,305 983,075 1,011,015 1,031,873 1,047,320 806,660 1,047,606 1,163,909 817,619 894,836 926,088 954,161 11,712,467
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 364,000 325,000 342,000 347,000 381,000 345,000 313,000 389,000 425,000 401,000 422,000 523,000 4,577,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 2,250,000 2,027,300 2,369,600 2,172,990 2,262,060 3,165,710 3,326,220 3,973,310 3,840,150 4,052,060 3,935,592 4,020,420 37,395,412
2006 Total 58,910,366
2005
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 472,769 351,382 273,159 262,521 306,386 399,691 373,565 305,994 347,047 480,041 482,768 524,297 4,579,620
Nebraska Public Power District
OLean Energy 10,457 7,028 20,602 22,575 60,662
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,199,149 912,449 1,133,768 1,025,940 822,402 853,461 774,682 765,182 728,305 759,694 733,649 1,051,650 10,760,331
Omaha, City of
Papillion Creek Treatment Plant 389,000 345,000 751,000 948,000 931,000 877,000 868,000 806,000 652,000 605,000 605,000 683,000 8,460,000
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 2,348,080 2,067,200 2,320,220 2,229,580 2,305,270 2,093,480 2,279,130 2,318,660 2,197,750 1,810,150 2,671,990 2,270,760 26,912,270
2005 Total 50,772,883

Biomass Energy Generation
Nebraska, 2002 – 2004

[Kilowatthours (kWh)]

Year
Company
Plant
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2004
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 355,374 403,792 482,435 447,215 413,743 372,889 363,310 404,140 400,774 393,540 396,783 494,980 4,928,975
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 1,106,210 912,449 921,146 993,668 1,280,822 1,340,503 1,127,654 997,775 1,122,228 987,337 989,329 1,114,236 12,893,357
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 2,323,210 2,118,560 2,324,940 2,228,740 2,245,020 2,050,020 2,332,240 2,208,140 2,156,130 2,292,420 2,184,890 2,274,360 26,738,670
2004 Total 44,561,002
2003
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 409,730 410,086 478,173 474,506 372,398 312,186 354,124 387,408 334,554 244,006 298,510 397,668 4,473,349
Omaha, City of
Missouri River Treatment Plant 778,793 698,537 666,710 588,479 649,225 835,126 1,136,587 1,299,479 1,206,082 963,469 573,067 1,050,193 10,445,747
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 2,334,780 2,134,500 2,322,810 2,259,930 2,331,240 2,263,890 2,226,230 2,194,070 2,241,680 2,303,380 2,264,740 2,211,980 27,089,230
2003 Total 42,008,326
2002
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 501,382 304,316 425,097 528,152 493,526 417,135 454,020 467,004 440,354 548,120 502,591 496,613 5,578,310
Omaha Public Power District
Elk City Station 1,480,300 2,097,840 2,141,070 2,200,580 2,272,140 2,081,680 2,222,640 2,275,330 2,355,120 19,126,700
2002 Total 24,705,010

Biomass Energy Generation
Nebraska, 1995 – 2001

[Kilowatthours (kWh)]

Year
Company
Plant
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Total
2001
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 439,301 307,709 318,799 478,894 487,150 465,260 413,381 434,901 432,526 537,962 482,764 445,511 5,244,158
2000
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 423,376 439,912 485,576 437,202 452,717 457,117 353,261 428,277 445,165 444,748 527,568 493,516 5,388,435
1999
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 386,161 50,334 444,357 534,458 438,728 440,902 469,599 379,075 390,186 445,960 468,213 528,134 4,976,107
1998
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 356,184 353,546 515,692 495,127 475,022 455,485 518,262 474,437 531,461 585,938 527,152 575,747 5,864,053
1997
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 475,145 470,193 465,408 444,243 451,930 395,536 427,047 444,824 430,869 405,310 421,076 594,752 5,426,333
1996
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 475,835 455,180 531,466 496,895 494,386 452,030 444,374 NA 449,145 518,997 533,345 495,673 5,347,326
1995
Lincoln, City of
Theresa Street 527,967 536,704 1,064,671

Sources: Omaha Public Power District, Omaha, NE. The City of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. The City of Omaha, Omaha, NE. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Note: NA indicates data is not available.

This table was updated on November 14, 2014.
Typically, there is one month between updates