To get to zero by 2050, Nebraska must cut climate pollution by
3.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Nebraska

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Nebraska's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    5% of Nebraska's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Nebraska's 1.2 million buildings.

    In fact, 35% of buildings in Nebraska are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 774,000 dirty buildings in Nebraska. That's around 28,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.34.84% have been electrified, and the remaining 65.16% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 5% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    15% of Nebraska's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 625,000 vehicles in Nebraska and 2,000 are already electric (0.3% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 623,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 22,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.3% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.7% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 15% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    24% of Nebraska's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Nebraska

    10 coal plants

    Name: Nebraska City Station
County: Otoe
Megawatt Capacity: 1,390
Utility: Omaha Public Power District

    Nebraska City Station
    Otoe County
    1,390 MW

    Name: Gerald Gentleman Station
County: Lincoln
Megawatt Capacity: 1,363
Utility: Nebraska Public Power District

    Gerald Gentleman Station
    Lincoln County
    1,363 MW

    Name: North Omaha Station
County: Douglas
Megawatt Capacity: 645
Utility: Omaha Public Power District

    North Omaha Station
    Douglas County
    645 MW

    Name: Gerald Whelan Energy Center
County: Adams
Megawatt Capacity: 324
Utility: City of Hastings - (NE)

    Gerald Whelan Energy Center
    Adams County
    324 MW

    Name: Sheldon
County: Lancaster
Megawatt Capacity: 229
Utility: Nebraska Public Power District

    Sheldon
    Lancaster County
    229 MW

    Name: Lon D Wright Power Plant
County: Dodge
Megawatt Capacity: 213
Utility: City of Fremont - (NE)

    Lon D Wright Power Plant
    Dodge County
    213 MW

    Name: Platte
County: Hall
Megawatt Capacity: 110
Utility: City of Grand Island - (NE)

    Platte
    Hall County
    110 MW

    Name: Archer Daniels Midland Columbus
County: Platte
Megawatt Capacity: 71
Utility: Archer Daniels Midland Co

    Archer Daniels Midland Columbus
    Platte County
    71 MW

    Name: Archer Daniels Midland Lincoln
County: Lancaster
Megawatt Capacity: 8
Utility: Archer Daniels Midland Co

    Archer Daniels Midland Lincoln
    Lancaster County
    8 MW

    Name: Western Sugar Coop - Scottsbluff
County: Scotts Bluff
Megawatt Capacity: 5
Utility: Western Sugar Cooperative

    Western Sugar Coop - Scottsbluff
    Scotts Bluff County
    5 MW

    30 gas plants

    Name: Cass County Station
County: Cass
Megawatt Capacity: 345
Utility: Omaha Public Power District

    Cass County Station
    Cass County
    345 MW

    Name: Sarpy County Station
County: Sarpy
Megawatt Capacity: 338
Utility: Omaha Public Power District

    Sarpy County Station
    Sarpy County
    338 MW

    Name: Rokeby
County: Lancaster
Megawatt Capacity: 266
Utility: Lincoln Electric System

    Rokeby
    Lancaster County
    266 MW

    Name: Beatrice
County: Gage
Megawatt Capacity: 247
Utility: Nebraska Public Power District

    Beatrice
    Gage County
    247 MW

    ...and 26 more

    20 oil plants

    Name: Jones Street
County: Douglas
Megawatt Capacity: 130
Utility: Omaha Public Power District

    Jones Street
    Douglas County
    130 MW

    Name: Hebron Peaking
County: Thayer
Megawatt Capacity: 57
Utility: Nebraska Public Power District

    Hebron Peaking
    Thayer County
    57 MW

    Name: McCook Peaking
County: Red Willow
Megawatt Capacity: 57
Utility: Nebraska Public Power District

    McCook Peaking
    Red Willow County
    57 MW

    Name: Wayne IC
County: Wayne
Megawatt Capacity: 22
Utility: City of Wayne

    Wayne IC
    Wayne County
    22 MW

    ...and 16 more

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 3,000 Megawatts of wind power and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Nebraska already has 1,000 Megawatts of wind and 9 Megawatts of solar, that's 3,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 3,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 55 Megawatts of wind power and 93 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 21% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 24% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 55%🔌 Power: 24%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 5%

    The last 55% of Nebraska's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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