Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel Type Nebraska
Electricity generation increased 4.4 percent to 36,966,216 megawatthours in 2018 from 35,407,047 megawatthours in 2017. As shown in Figure 1, most of Nebraska's electricity was generated by coal plants, nuclear power plants, and wind facilities (63 percent, 15.24 percent, and 15.02 percent respectively). Plants using hydroelectric power generated 3.74 percent, natural gas generated 2.61 percent, other biomass generated 0.25 percent, and solar generated 0.07 percent.
In 2018, electricity generation from solar increased 76.8 percent, generation by natural gas increased 53.3 percent, generation by coal increased 10.1 percent, and generation by wind increased 9.2 percent from 2017. Electricity generation by nuclear power decreased 18.5 percent, generation by hydroelectric power decreased 7.2 percent, and generation by other biomass decreased 4.1 percent from 2017.
In 2016, generation by petroleum decreased to -17,940, which meant 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 graph were updated on October 22, 2019.
Typically, there is one year between updates.