Fossil Fuels

About 66% of the electricity used by Nebraska homes and businesses is created by burning fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, or oil. Different types of plants have different characteristics: some take longer to begin operating while others can be started on a moment’s notice to meet summertime peak electric demand.

When utilities consider building a power plant, one of their first decisions is what kind of fuel it will use. The cost and availability of the fuel a power plant burns is a key determinant of the cost of electricity produced by that power plant. When considering large capital projects like building power plants, Nebraska Power Association members pay particular attention to the cost of the electricity it will produce.