Generating Capacity in
Nebraska by Energy Source

As of 2016, Nebraska had 1,013 generating units with a total of 9,198,000 kilowatts (or 9.198 megawatts) capacity. These units had 8,627,000 kilowatts (or 8.627 megawatts) net summer capacity and 8,276,000 kilowatts (or 8.276 megawatts) net winter capacity.

pie chart showing Generating Nameplate Capacity by Energy Source in Nebraska

Most of the nameplate capacity came from generators using coal (43.3 percent), natural gas (25.6 percent), wind (14.45 percent), nuclear energy (8.7 percent), petroleum (3.92 percent), and hydroelectric power (3.61 percent).

Net metered renewable installations are not included in the graphs and table since individual projects are not reported; hence, no energy sources are reported.

The Units and Capacity by Energy Source and Year of Initial Operation report, the Units and Capacity (Pages 64–68) report, and the Annual Electricity Generation report are available for additional information.

A Note About Nameplate Capacity

Summer capacity and winter capacity are sometimes greater than nameplate capacity. The nameplate gives the capacity rating of the generator when it operates at certain temperatures, pressures, and power factors. With some modifications and with some margins that are built into generators, it is possible to exceed its nameplate. It is not uncommon for a generator to exceed its nameplate. The nameplate is usually not replaced and, in this case, the summer and winter capacity is often much higher than the nameplate value. Normally, you expect summer and winter capacity to be below nameplate capacity and in most cases they are.

Number of Units and
Generating Capacity by Energy Source


Energy Source
Number of
Units or
Generator Nameplate

[Kilowatts (kW)]
Net Summer

Net Winter

Biomass 17 15,700.0 15,700.0 15,700.0
Coal 15 3,982,900.0 3,817,300.0 3,788,100.0
Hydroelectric 22 332,300.0 277,900.0 277,900.0
Landfill Gas 11 11,200.0 11,200.0 11,200.0
Natural Gas 109 2,358,500.0 2,085,500.0 1,763,000.0
Nuclear 1 801,000.0 771,500.0 771,500.0
Petroleum 97 360,700.0 312,700.0 312,700.0
Solar 2 6,300.0 6,300.0 6,300.0
Wind (Utility–Scale) 739 1,329,400.0 1,329,600.0 1,329,600.0
Total 1,013 9,198,000.0 8,627,700.0 8,276,000.0

Sources: Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Note: NA indicates not applicable.

The table and graphs were updated on January 24, 2018.
Typically, there is one year between updates.