Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy

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Nebraska Energy Statistics

Generating Capacity in Nebraska
by Energy Source

As of 2019, Nebraska had 1,357 generating units with a total of 9,984.5 megawatts capacity.

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pie chart showing Generating Nameplate Capacity by Energy Source in Nebraska

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Nameplate capacity came from generators using coal (39.89 percent), natural gas (22.84 percent), wind (21.84 percent), nuclear energy (8.02 percent), petroleum (3.70 percent), and hydroelectric power (3.30 percent), solar (0.24 percent), landfill gas (0.11 percent), and biomass (0.05 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 Generating Units (pages 23 to 26) 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 4,500.0 4,500.0 4,500.0
Coal 17 3,982,900.0 3,867,000.0 3,817,300.0
Hydroelectric 20 329,900.0 279,700.0 279,700.0
Landfill Gas 11 11,200.0 11,200.0 11,200.0
Natural Gas 98 2,280,800.0 2,008,300.0 1,737,400.0
Nuclear 1 801,000.0 770,000.0 770,000.0
Petroleum 97 369,200.0 321,000.0 321,500.0
Solar 8 24,400.0 23,300.0 21,300.0
Wind (Utility–Scale) 1,065 2,180,600.0 2,180,800.0 2,180,800.0
Total 1,323 9,984,500.0 9,465,800.0 9,143,700.0

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

Note: NA indicates not applicable.

The table and graphs were updated on July 12, 2021.
Typically, there is one year between updates.

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