Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel Type Nebraska
Electricity generation decreased 8.4 percent to 36,524,869 megawatthours in 2016 from 39,883,391 megawatthours in 2015. As shown in Figure 1, most of Nebraska's electricity was generated by coal and nuclear power plants (60 percent and 26 percent, respectively). Plants using wind generated 10.39 percent, hydroelectric power generated 2.34 percent, natural gas generated 1.47 percent, other biomass generated 0.27 percent, and solar generated 0.01 percent.
In 2016, electricity generation by other biomass increased 37.9 percent, generation by natural gas increased 24.9 percent, and generation by wind increased 19.4 percent. Electricity generation by hydroelectric power decreased 49.2 percent from 2015, generation by coal decreased 9.5 percent, and generation by nuclear power decreased 9.4 percent.
In 2016, generation by petroleum decreased to -17,940, which means the facilities used more electricity than they produced.
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 tables and graphs were updated on February 27, 2018.
Typically, there is one year between updates.