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Nebraska Energy Statistics

Energy Expenditures in
Nebraska's Electric Power Sector

The electric power sector consists of facilities which generate electricity primarily for use by the public. Energy is used for the generation, distribution, and transmission of electric power.

Total electric power sector expenditures on energy decreased 10.8 percent to $328.4 million from 2019 to 2020. Petroleum expenditures decreased 25.0 percent, nuclear fuel expenditures decreased 15.9 percent, wood and waste expenditures decreased 11.1 percent, coal expenditures decreased 10.6 percent, and natural gas expenditures decreased 4.0 percent.

In 2020, the electric power sector spent $245.8 million for coal, $41.9 million for nuclear fuel, $36.5 million for natural gas, $2.7 million for petroleum, and $1.6 million for wood and waste. There were no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy.

Coal expenditures were relatively three–quarters (74.9 percent) of the money spent in the electric power sector on energy in 2020. Expenditures on nuclear fuel and natural gas were 12.8 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively, of the total. Petroleum expenditures were 0.82 percent while wood and waste expenditures were 0.49 percent of the total.

The expenditures are in nominal dollars to provide a better comparison.

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chart showing Energy Expenditures by Fuel Type in the Electric Power Sector in Nebraska.

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Nebraska Energy Expenditures
by Fuel Type, Electric Power Sector
2010 – 2020

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
2020 $245.8 $36.5 $41.9 $2.7 $1.6 $328.4
2019 $275.0 $38.0 $49.8 $3.6 $1.8 $368.3
2018 $308.3 $34.7 $43.9 $3.4 $1.9 $392.6
2017 $291.9 $25.8 $54.6 $1.2 $2.0 $375.7
2016 $296.9 $19.2 $66.7 $1.0 $2.0 $385.8
2015 $329.7 $16.9 $77.2 $1.7 $1.9 $427.4
2014 $355.5 $24.5 $81.0 $12.5 $1.7 $475.2
2013 $386.7 $22.8 $60.0 $12.1 $1.4 $483.0
2012 $392.2 $30.2 $46.5 $5.7 $1.3 $475.9
2011 $402.7 $24.2 $50.2 $9.1 $1.6 $487.9
2010 $342.5 $28.2 $74.8 $5.7 $1.8 $452.9

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Nebraska Energy Expenditures
by Fuel Type, Electric Power Sector
1990 – 2009

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
2009 $321.4 $20.9 $55.6 $3.5 $1.4 $402.9
2008 $204.9 $64.6 $47.1 $8.9 $1.6 $327.1
2007 $183.3 $97.8 $53.2 $6.1 $1.5 $342.6
2006 $175.8 $56.9 $44.4 $3.6 $0.3 $281.0
2005 $156.6 $65.8 $39.2 $4.1 $0.2 $265.9
2004 $142.4 $21.7 $46.8 $1.9 $0.2 $213.0
2003 $131.3 $25.9 $36.1 $2.7 $0.2 $196.3
2002 $121.9 $20.6 $46.3 $1.4 $0.2 $190.3
2001 $122.4 $18.7 $40.3 $2.4 $0.1 $184.0
2000 $111.1 $25.8 $55.1 $4.2 $0.1 $196.3
1999 $105.8 $13.0 $63.1 $1.7 $0.1 $184.5
1998 $115.8 $12.4 $53.1 $1.8 $0.0 $184.0
1997 $108.6 $7.8 $62.7 $1.9 $0.1 $181.0
1996 $124.7 $4.8 $63.4 $1.4 $0.1 $194.4
1995 $129.2 $5.1 $53.5 $1.5 $0.1 $189.5
1994 $116.6 $6.2 $48.1 $1.1 $0.1 $172.1
1993 $120.2 $5.1 $45.7 $1.0 $0.1 $172.1
1992 $100.6 $4.4 $52.6 $0.7 $0.1 $158.3
1991 $108.5 $6.9 $52.2 $0.8 $0.0 $168.3
1990 $103.4 $7.3 $48.8 $1.3 $0.0 $160.7

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Nebraska Energy Expenditures
by Fuel Type, Electric Power Sector
1970 – 1989

(Million Nominal Dollars)

Year Coal Natural Gas Nuclear Fuel Petroleum Renewable Annual
Total
Wood
and
Waste
1989 $103.9 $5.9 $55.6 $2.1 $0.0 $167.5
1988 $112.3 $5.2 $45.9 $2.4 $0.0 $165.9
1987 $104.5 $4.4 $57.1 $1.6 $0.0 $167.6
1986 $107.7 $5.3 $51.7 $1.9 $0.0 $166.7
1985 $122.9 $4.4 $28.7 $2.1 $0.0 $158.2
1984 $149.9 $4.8 $35.5 $1.5 $0.0 $191.7
1983 $121.00 $4.9 $41.1 $2.7 $0.0 $169.7
1982 $105.3 $4.6 $66.2 $5.1 $0.0 $181.3
1981 $104.4 $10.3 $36.3 $3.7 $0.0 $154.8
1980 $109.8 $20.5 $27.7 $6.7 $0.0 $164.7
1979 $74.1 $19.3 $27.5 $12.9 $0.0 $133.8
1978 $54.1 $13.8 $16.6 $15.2 $0.0 $99.7
1977 $51.0 $14.6 $16.0 $11.0 $0.0 $92.6
1976 $39.1 $15.5 $12.9 $14.7 $0.0 $82.2
1975 $23.4 $23.3 $11.0 $10.5 $0.0 $68.1
1974 $15.7 $23.0 $7.0 $7.3 $0.0 $53.2
1973 $14.2 $22.1 $1.1 $2.1 $0.0 $39.5
1972 $12.2 $18.2 $0.0 $2.4 $0.0 $32.8
1971 $8.8 $15.2 $0.0 $0.9 $0.0 $24.9
1970 $8.5 $12.8 $0.0 $1.0 $0.0 $22.3

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Sources: State Energy Price and Expenditure Report. Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: There are no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy. Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding.

The table and graph were updated on September 14, 2022.
Typically, there are one to two years between updates.

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