Hydro

The Kingsley Hydro Station provides low-cost, non-polluting electricity to Nebraskans

Nebraska’s utilities have been generating electricity from hydro generators since the early 20th century. Today, hydroelectric generation is the largest single source of renewable energy. Nebraska received about 1.5% of its electricity in 2010 from hydroelectric generators.

The largest hydro facilities in Nebraska are:

  • Kingsley, 50 MW
  • Columbus, 46 MW
  • North Platte Hydro, 24 MW
  • Johnson Number 2, 23 MW
  • Jeffrey Hydro, 20 MW
  • Johnson Number 1, 20 MW
  • Monroe, 8 MW
  • Spencer Hydro, 6 MW
  • Kearney Hydro, 1.5 MW

Hydroelectric generators create electricity from water

Nebraska’s utilities also purchase hydro electricity from the Western Area Power Administration, a U.S. federal power marketing agency, from dams operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Yellowtail Dam in Montana provides electricity to Nebraskans