Why Texas Is Using More Coal, Wind and Less Gas

When Texans turn on their lights, run their air conditioning or plug in their iPads, they are getting an increasing amount of power from the wind — and from coal plants. 

Figures released earlier this month show that last year, nearly 8 percent of the power on the state's electric grid was generated by wind. That's more than three times the national average. And because Texas recently added several coal-generating units, coal plants — for the first time in recent memory — produced more power than any other electricity source. Nuclear power's contribution held about steady, at 13 percent of ...

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