From 1960 to 1980, renewable energy in Nebraska consisted of
conventional hydroelectric power and biomass. Ethanol entered
the picture in the early 1980s. Geothermal energy and photovoltaic
and solar thermal energy projects were reported in the late 1980s.
Wind energy projects came on line in the late 1990s. Consumption
of renewable energy has steadily increased although modestly.
As a percentage of primary energy consumption, renewable energy
consumption was relatively stable until 1995 when the percentage
began an upward climb. Biofuels had a major role in this increase.
Renewable energy consumption has ranged from 2.80 percent to 20.92
percent of total energy consumption. The energy used to produce
ethanol and biodiesel and the energy value contained in the dry/wet
co–products has been added to the annual data.
This report provides the amount of renewable energy used by Nebraskans.
The amount of renewable energy that generated electricity can be found
in the report Annual Electricity Generation by Fuel