Gas

Beatrice Power Station

Natural gas is another abundant domestic source of fuel for electric generation. It produces far less sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) than coal or oil. The U.S. has a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks in part to recent technological advances in the drilling process. Because the U.S. has so much natural gas, it has cost significantly less than fuel oil in recent years. Since Nebraska relies so heavily on its baseload coal and nuclear generators, natural gas accounts for only about 1% of the electricity used by Nebraskans in 2010.

The largest gas-fired electric generators in Nebraska, and their generating capacity in megawatts (MW), are:

  • Cass County Station (322 MW)
  • Sarpy County Station (312 MW)
  • Beatrice Power Station (250 MW)
  • C.W. Burdick Station (187 MW)
  • Canaday Station (119 MW)
  • Platte Generating Station (100 MW)