Nebraska does not generate electricity from geothermal energy sources, but instead relies on a variety of other fuel sources for its electricity production. The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), the Nebraska Public Energy District, and the Lincoln Electric System are the main providers of energy in the state, and they use low-sulfur coal, wind energy, solar energy, landfill gas, natural gas, fuel oil and hydropower to generate electricity. The state of Nebraska offers a variety of financial incentives for renewable energy and efficiency projects. The State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Database (DSIRE Nebraska) provides information on these incentives, as well as contact information for the State Office of Energy.
Additionally, the state spending and savings tables provide data on the most recent budgets for energy efficiency programs and electricity and natural gas savings. The Dollar & Energy-Saving Loan program is a participatory model that provides low-interest loans to Nebraska homeowners and businesses for energy efficiency, alternative energy and waste minimization projects. Past research has studied energy consumption for low-income people, neighborhood energy action initiatives, real-time energy monitoring, and the adoption of energy efficiency programs for commercial customers. The Database of State Efficiency Evaluation Practices (DSESP) is a resource of the National Efficiency Assessment Project (NESP) that provides information about cost-effective evaluation practices in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Energy Office also manages a loan program to improve energy efficiency with federal and trust funds. The University of Nebraska Public Utilities Corporation (NuCorp) is a partnership between Lincoln Electric System and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that develops new projects to identify, finance, implement and monitor demand management and energy efficiency projects at the university. Currently, there are no state policies designed to save energy through cogeneration or to generate energy from cogeneration that apply to all forms of cogeneration. For more information about this topic, see the Units and Capacity Report, the Units and Capacity Report by Power Source, and the Units and Capacity Report by Power Source and Year of Initial Operation.