A Profile of Nebraska Electric Systems

In spite of an annual growth rate of 3.7 percent from 1988 to 1998, the state's electric industry remained a net exporter, capable of producing more electricity than Nebraskans needed. That is just one of many aspects of a federal overview on the state's changing electric industry.

According to the study, the average price for electricity of 5.3 cents a kilowatthour placed the state ninth lowest when compared with other states. Nebraskans paid an average of 6.46 cents for electricity used in their homes, while the state's industries only paid 3.60 cents for the same amount of power. Commercial users paid 5.45 cents on average for a similar amount of electricity.

Plants in the state that generate electricity range in age from 21 years for a petroleum plant to 50 years for some of the hydroelectric facilities.

Over the ten years covered by the study, the number of separate electric entities in the state declined from 166 to 162, reflecting the merger of several rural systems. While the number of systems declined, the number of retail customers increased from 786,214 in 1988 to 874,386 in 1998.

The profile of the state's electric industry also includes amounts of generation and emissions from the power plants as well as state rankings in these categories.

This profile of the state's electric industry is based on the Energy Information Administration's 1998 State Electricity Profiles.

A complete copy of the Nebraska profile in either pdf or html formats can be found at: www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/st_profiles/toc.html

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