Coal still Nebraska’s top fuel despite move to natural gas

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


Natural gas may have taken over as the dominant source nationally for electrical power generation in 2016, but coal remains king in Nebraska.

2016 promises to be the first year in which natural gas surpasses coal as the nation’s top energy source. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says U.S. power generation is expected to be fueled 32 percent by coal and 33.4 percent by natural gas.

But in Nebraska, coal fueled 61.5 percent of the electricity produced last year. Natural gas made up 1 percent. Nuclear power made up 26 percent of the total, while wind accounted for 8 percent and hydroelectric for 4 percent.