Nebraska's
Renewable Energy Consumption

In 2016, Nebraska consumed 911.20 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of primary energy which included 161.23 trillion Btu of energy from renewable energy resources as shown in Figure 1 below. Renewable resources met 18 percent of Nebraska's energy consumption as shown in Figure 2 and also the data table below. Nebraska consumed energy from these renewable resources in 2016:

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

Renewable energy consumption was equivalent to over 90,000 cords of wood, 856 gigawatthours of conventional hydroelectric power, 86,016,000 gallons (or 2.048 million barrels) of ethanol (including denaturant), 112.9 trillion Btu of ethanol production and co–products, 3,798 gigawatthours of wind energy, 1.2 trillion Btu of geothermal energy, and 4 gigawatthours of solar energy.

chart showing Nebraska's Energy Consumption in 2016.

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 16.87 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. The number of vehicles consuming renewable fuels can be found in the report The Number of Registered Vehicles in Nebraska by the Fuel Consumed.

chart showing Renewable Energy Consumption by Fuel Type in Nebraska from 1960 through 2015.

Renewable Energy Consumption by Fuel Type,
Nebraska, 1990 – 2016

[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
2016 112.89 4.07 1.21 7.91 0.09 35.07 161.23 911.20 17.69%
2015 107.83 4.03 1.21 15.70 0.04 29.64 158.45 940.06 16.86%
2014 101.94 4.68 1.21 11.01 0.04 26.03 144.91 944.41 15.35%
2013 102.59 4.61 1.21 10.72 0.04 17.19 136.36 915.22 14.90%
2012 103.54 3.65 1.21 11.96 0.03 12.22 132.61 861.92 15.39%
2011 112.79 3.88 1.20 15.71 0.03 10.21 143.82 907.64 15.85%
2010 102.23 7.75 1.15 12.82 0.03 4.11 128.09 910.63 14.07%
2009 69.44 7.79 1.02 4.23 0.03 3.73 86.24 817.27 10.55%
2008 70.35 7.36 0.88 3.41 0.03 2.11 84.13 810.80 10.38%
2007 49.89 7.14 0.79 3.43 0.02 2.14 63.43 779.28 8.14%
2006 36.10 6.37 0.73 8.86 0.02 2.59 54.68 736.64 7.42%
2005 33.10 8.04 0.67 8.71 0.02 0.97 51.51 721.23 7.14%
2004 33.39 8.58 0.57 9.15 0.01 0.39 52.08 732.40 7.11%
2003 26.06 8.63 0.51 10.04 0.01 0.39 45.53 705.36 6.45%
2002 24.31 8.24 0.38 11.16 0.01 0.08 44.19 711.77 6.21%
2001 23.73 7.65 0.35 11.62 0.01 0.03 43.39 701.18 6.19%
2000 22.38 5.73 0.32 15.31 0.01 0.00 43.69 689.94 6.33%
1999 20.76 6.00 0.32 17.58 0.01 0.00 44.61 716.22 6.23%
1998 19.38 5.80 0.31 17.16 0.02 0.00 42.67 709.20 6.02%
1997 18.27 6.32 0.25 17.08 0.02 0.00 41.93 695.40 6.03%
1996 13.84 7.77 0.22 16.56 0.02 0.00 38.42 682.73 5.63%
1995 14.31 4.18 0.18 14.71 0.02 0.00 33.38 635.33 5.25%
1994 6.91 4.10 0.16 13.53 0.02 0.00 24.72 582.56 4.24%
1993 6.11 4.27 0.15 10.33 0.01 0.00 20.86 580.28 3.59%
1992 4.92 4.97 0.12 11.12 0.01 0.00 21.14 560.40 3.77%
1991 3.75 4.67 0.10 10.90 0.01 0.00 19.44 568.48 3.42%
1990 3.30 4.46 0.08 11.86 0.01 0.00 19.71 553.29 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 22.07 562.16 3.93%
1988 2.96 6.06 0.00 13.94 0.00 0.00 22.96 568.66 4.04%
1987 2.83 5.68 0.00 16.33 0.00 0.00 24.83 537.27 4.62%
1986 2.34 6.77 0.00 17.53 0.00 0.00 26.65 511.33 5.21%
1985 2.16 7.42 0.00 15.05 0.00 0.00 24.63 494.67 4.98%
1984 1.62 7.20 0.00 14.04 0.00 0.00 22.85 526.83 4.34%
1983 1.48 5.88 0.00 14.16 0.00 0.00 21.52 513.53 4.19%
1982 0.74 6.33 0.00 12.67 0.00 0.00 19.74 533.97 3.70%
1981 0.30 5.30 0.00 12.51 0.00 0.00 18.11 492.79 3.68%
1980 0.00 5.90 0.00 13.88 0.00 0.00 19.78 526.05 3.76%
1979 0.00 3.93 0.00 12.90 0.00 0.00 16.83 582.52 2.89%
1978 0.00 3.79 0.00 12.30 0.00 0.00 16.10 569.77 2.82%
1977 0.00 3.40 0.00 12.74 0.00 0.00 16.14 575.63 2.80%
1976 0.00 3.14 0.00 13.24 0.00 0.00 16.38 561.68 2.92%
1975 0.00 2.77 0.00 12.62 0.00 0.00 15.40 539.41 2.85%
1974 0.00 2.65 0.00 13.51 0.00 0.00 16.16 526.98 3.07%
1973 0.00 2.67 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 16.91 505.36 3.35%
1972 0.00 2.58 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 16.82 488.24 3.45%
1971 0.00 1.60 0.00 14.24 0.00 0.00 15.85 463.17 3.42%
1970 0.00 1.57 0.00 14.38 0.00 0.00 15.95 462.07 3.45%
1969 0.00 1.60 0.00 12.93 0.00 0.00 14.53 434.06 3.35%
1968 0.00 1.67 0.00 13.04 0.00 0.00 14.71 412.73 3.57%
1967 0.00 1.74 0.00 12.14 0.00 0.00 13.88 378.95 3.66%
1966 0.00 1.85 0.00 12.11 0.00 0.00 13.96 381.08 3.66%
1965 0.00 1.90 0.00 11.66 0.00 0.00 13.56 339.67 3.99%
1964 0.00 2.31 0.00 10.49 0.00 0.00 12.80 345.34 3.71%
1963 0.00 2.57 0.00 10.63 0.00 0.00 13.20 335.70 3.93%
1962 0.00 2.67 0.00 10.30 0.00 0.00 12.97 326.89 3.97%
1961 0.00 2.95 0.00 9.88 0.00 0.00 12.83 314.06 4.09%
1960 0.00 3.11 0.00 10.32 0.00 0.00 13.43 310.02 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 27, 2018.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.