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Nebraska's
Renewable Energy Consumption

In 2011, Nebraska consumed 915.54 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of primary energy which included 149.18 trillion Btu of energy from renewable energy resources. Renewable resources met 16.29 percent of Nebraska's energy consumption. Nebraska consumed energy from these renewable resources in 2011:

  • Biofuels
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydroelectric Power (Conventional)
  • Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Energy
  • Wind Energy

Renewable energy consumption was equivalent to 116,000 cords of wood, 1,617 gigawatthours of conventional hydroelectric power, 61,824,000 gallons (or 1.472 million barrels) of ethanol, 109.3 trillion Btu of ethanol production and co–products, 1,051 gigawatthours of wind energy, 1.195 trillion Btu of geothermal energy, and 69 billion Btu of solar energy.

chart showing Nebraska's Energy Consumption in 2011.

From 1960 to 1980, renewable energy in Nebraska consisted of conventional hydroelectric power and biomass. Ethanol entered the picture in the early 1980s. Geothermal energy and photovoltaic and solar thermal energy projects were reported in the late 1980s. Wind energy projects came on line in the late 1990s. Consumption of renewable energy has steadily increased although modestly.

As a percentage of total energy consumption, renewable energy consumption was relatively stable until 1995 when the percentage began an upward climb. Biofuels had a major role in this increase. Renewable energy consumption has ranged from 2.80 percent to 16.29 percent of total energy consumption. The energy used to produce ethanol and the energy value contained in the dry/wet co–products of ethanol has been added to the annual data.

This report provides the amount of renewable energy used by Nebraskans. The amount of renewable energy that generated electricity can be found in the report Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel Type.

chart showing Renewable Energy Consumption by Fuel Type in Nebraska, from 1960 through 2011.

Renewable Energy Consumption by Fuel Type,
Nebraska, 1990 – 2011

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Biofuels Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric
Power
Photovoltaic
and
Solar Thermal
Wind Total
Renewable
Energy
Consumption
Total
Primary
Energy
Consumption
Renewable
Energy
Percent
Year Biofuels Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric
Power
Photovoltaic
and
Solar Thermal
Wind Total
Renewable
Energy
Consumption
Total
Primary
Energy
Consumption
Renewable
Energy
Percent
2011 114.36 7.64 1.20 15.71 0.07 10.21 149.18 915.54 16.29%
2010 103.89 7.66 1.15 12.82 0.05 4.11 129.68 913.77 14.19%
2009 70.98 7.51 1.02 4.23 0.04 3.73 87.51 810.98 10.79%
2008 72.03 7.27 0.88 3.41 0.04 2.11 85.73 814.63 10.52%
2007 50.86 7.18 0.79 3.43 0.03 2.14 64.45 783.09 8.23%
2006 36.68 6.42 0.73 8.86 0.02 2.59 55.31 739.20 7.48%
2005 33.50 8.04 0.67 8.71 0.02 0.97 51.90 723.11 7.18%
2004 33.64 8.58 0.57 9.15 0.01 0.39 52.33 734.19 7.13%
2003 26.16 8.63 0.51 10.04 0.01 0.39 45.74 704.03 6.50%
2002 24.31 8.24 0.38 11.16 0.01 0.08 44.19 712.61 6.20%
2001 23.73 7.65 0.35 11.62 0.01 0.03 43.39 702.02 6.18%
2000 22.38 5.73 0.32 15.31 0.01 0.00 43.76 689.66 6.34%
1999 20.76 6.00 0.32 17.58 0.02 0.00 44.68 716.01 6.24%
1998 19.38 5.80 0.31 17.16 0.02 0.00 42.67 708.88 6.02%
1997 18.27 6.32 0.25 17.08 0.02 0.00 41.93 695.19 6.03%
1996 13.84 7.77 0.22 16.56 0.02 0.00 38.42 682.47 5.63%
1995 14.31 4.18 0.18 14.71 0.02 0.00 33.38 635.13 5.26%
1994 6.91 4.10 0.16 13.53 0.02 0.00 24.72 582.43 4.24%
1993 6.11 4.27 0.15 10.33 0.01 0.00 20.86 580.43 3.59%
1992 4.92 4.97 0.12 11.12 0.01 0.00 21.14 560.17 3.77%
1991 3.75 4.67 0.10 10.90 0.01 0.00 19.44 568.25 3.42%
1990 3.30 4.46 0.08 11.86 0.01 0.00 19.71 554.30 3.56%

Renewable Energy Consumption by Fuel Type,
Nebraska, 1960 – 1989

[Trillion British Thermal Units (Btu)]

Year Biofuels Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric
Power
Photovoltaic
and
Solar Thermal
Wind Total
Renewable
Energy
Consumption
Total
Primary
Energy
Consumption
Renewable
Energy
Percent
Year Biofuels Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric
Power
Photovoltaic
and
Solar Thermal
Wind Total
Renewable
Energy
Consumption
Total
Primary
Energy
Consumption
Renewable
Energy
Percent
1989 3.52 6.40 0.06 12.08 0.01 0.00 22.07 563.01 3.92%
1988 2.96 6.06 0.00 13.94 0.00 0.00 22.97 569.48 4.03%
1987 2.83 5.68 0.00 16.33 0.00 0.00 24.83 538.07 4.61%
1986 2.34 6.77 0.00 17.53 0.00 0.00 26.65 512.17 5.20%
1985 2.16 7.42 0.00 15.05 0.00 0.00 24.63 494.46 4.98%
1984 1.62 7.20 0.00 14.04 0.00 0.00 22.85 526.66 4.34%
1983 1.48 5.88 0.00 14.16 0.00 0.00 21.52 513.20 4.19%
1982 0.74 6.33 0.00 12.67 0.00 0.00 19.74 533.71 3.70%
1981 0.30 5.30 0.00 12.51 0.00 0.00 18.11 492.57 3.68%
1980 0.00 5.90 0.00 13.88 0.00 0.00 19.78 525.87 3.76%
1979 0.00 3.93 0.00 12.90 0.00 0.00 16.83 582.34 2.89%
1978 0.00 3.79 0.00 12.30 0.00 0.00 16.10 569.33 2.83%
1977 0.00 3.40 0.00 12.74 0.00 0.00 16.14 575.28 2.80%
1976 0.00 3.14 0.00 13.24 0.00 0.00 16.38 561.36 2.92%
1975 0.00 2.77 0.00 12.62 0.00 0.00 15.40 539.06 2.86%
1974 0.00 2.65 0.00 13.51 0.00 0.00 16.16 526.66 3.07%
1973 0.00 2.67 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 16.91 505.03 3.35%
1972 0.00 2.58 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 16.82 487.92 3.45%
1971 0.00 1.60 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 15.84 462.91 3.42%
1970 0.00 1.57 0.00 14.38 0.00 0.00 15.95 461.83 3.45%
1969 0.00 1.60 0.00 12.93 0.00 0.00 14.53 433.93 3.35%
1968 0.00 1.67 0.00 13.04 0.00 0.00 14.71 412.66 3.57%
1967 0.00 1.74 0.00 12.14 0.00 0.00 13.88 378.96 3.66%
1966 0.00 1.85 0.00 12.11 0.00 0.00 13.96 381.59 3.66%
1965 0.00 1.90 0.00 11.66 0.00 0.00 13.56 340.17 3.99%
1964 0.00 2.31 0.00 10.49 0.00 0.00 12.80 345.79 3.70%
1963 0.00 2.57 0.00 10.63 0.00 0.00 13.20 336.20 3.93%
1962 0.00 2.67 0.00 10.30 0.00 0.00 12.97 327.31 3.96%
1961 0.00 2.95 0.00 9.88 0.00 0.00 12.83 314.42 4.08%
1960 0.00 3.11 0.00 10.32 0.00 0.00 13.42 310.34 4.33%

Sources: State Energy Data Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Note: Consumption is listed in Btu to enable totaling all the categories of energy.

This table was updated on September 9, 2013.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.