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  • Nebraska produces about 14% of the nation's fuel ethanol and ranks second in the nation, after Iowa, in ethanol production and capacity.
  • In 2020, Nebraska obtained 51% of its in-state electricity net generation from coal, 24% from wind, and 17% from nuclear power. Almost all of the rest was generated from hydropower (4%) and natural gas (4%).
  • In 2018, Nebraska ranked seventh in the nation in per capita total energy consumption in part because of its energy-intensive industrial sector and because of the state’s hot summers and harsh winters.
  • In 2020, Nebraska ranked third in the nation, after Texas and California, in number of industrial electricity customers. About 36% of electricity retail sales in the state went to the industrial sector, which includes agriculture where electricity is used to run irrigation systems.
  • The share of petroleum consumed as distillate fuel oil is greater in Nebraska than it is in all other states except North Dakota and Wyoming.

Last Updated: May 20, 2021

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