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  • Nebraska ranked second in the nation, after Iowa, in corn-based ethanol production capacity in 2016. 
  • Nebraska has obtained about three-fifths of its net electricity generation from coal and about one-fourth from nuclear power, but one of its two nuclear plants was shut permanently in late 2016.
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that more than 90% of Nebraska has suitable conditions for commercial-scale wind-powered electricity generation. 
  • Nebraska is among the top 10 states in per capita energy consumption because of its energy-intensive industrial sector, led by food processing, chemical manufacturing, and agriculture.
  • Farm irrigation is electricity-intensive and seasonal; it entails high costs for electricity that increase the average reported cost of electricity for Nebraska’s industrial sector.
  • In 2015, Nebraska obtained more than 10% of its total net electricity generation from renewables, and wind supplied almost three-fourths of the renewable generation.

Last Updated: February 16, 2017

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Nebraska, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 7
Total Energy per Capita 9
Total Energy 35
Crude Oil 22
Natural Gas 29
Coal --
Electricity 34
Natural Gas 39
Electricity 45
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 36

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