Taking Nebraska's Renewable Energy Pulse
With increasing frequency, Nebraskans are asking, "how much of the energy used in the state comes from renewable sources?" While the number is ever changing – the amount of energy changes yearly as do the sources from which the energy is derived – the Energy Office has quantified the number and the sources more definitively than ever before.
In 1999, 4 percent of Nebraska’s energy consumption was met using renewable sources. Nebraska consumed energy from six categories of renewable sources:
The state consumed 602 trillion British thermal units of energy in 1999 including 24.122 trillion British thermal units from renewable energy sources. Shown in the table below, Nebraska consumed 1,736 gigawatthours of hydroelectric power, 153,000 cords of wood, 18,599,674 gallons of ethanol, 0.32 trillion British thermal units of geothermal energy, 0.016 trillion Btu of solar energy, and 0.02 trillion British thermal units of wind energy.
In 1999, hydroelectric power was almost three-fourths of renewable energy consumption in Nebraska.
Renewable energy consumption was 4 percent of total energy consumption in 1999, the most recent year for which data is available. If hydroelectric power is excluded, renewable energy consumption was 1 percent of total energy consumption. If both hydroelectric power and ethanol are excluded, then only 0.7 percent of total energy consumption came from renewable resources in 1999.