Texas' Coal-Fired Power Fell Sharply in January

The amount of Texas electrical power produced by coal has plunged so far this year, and cheap natural gas appears to be the cause.

A report this week by Potomac Economics, a consulting company that serves as an official monitor for the Texas electricity market, showed that coal-fired electricity production dropped by 30 percent in January compared with January 2011. Nuclear power production also fell, while wind grew by 45 percent and natural gas was up 22 percent. 

Figures from just one month offer only a limited snapshot, partly because the weather in different seasons has a big effect ...

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