30 Mar '12, 6pm

A Texas Natural Gas Anomaly

Oh, Texans are strange. Just look at the fuels that they burn: Though gas is their brand, they bring coal from out-land, and their neighbors are happy all day. That’s the message of a report just out by University of Houston professor Michael J. Economides and consultant Philip E. Lewis, “Texas Natural Gas: Fuel for Growth.” The report says that although the U.S. revolution in unconventional gas took off with development of Texas's Barnett Shale [highlighted in map] a decade ago, Texas oddly has been using less and less natural gas to make electricity while the rest of the country has been using more and more. The numbers are dramatic. Nationwide, the amount of electricity generated from coal dropped roughly 20 percentage points, from about 80 percent in 1995 to about 60 percent in 2011, while the gas-generated share climbed from about 20 percent to almost 40 percent. In T...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/fossil-fuels/a...

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