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What Keeps the Lights On?

Coal and natural gas produce most of Texas’ electricity.

Numbers in millions of megawatt-hours.

Year Natural Gas Coal Nuclear Hydro-
electricity
Fuels, Oils, Kerosene Biomass and Other Total
1995 496 1,709 673 311 75 89 3,353
1996 455 1,795 675 347 81 91 3,444
1997 479 1,845 629 356 93 90 3,492
1998 531 1,874 674 323 129 90 3,620
1999 556 1,881 728 320 118 91 3,695
2000 601 1,966 754 276 111 94 3,802
2001 639 1,904 769 217 125 83 3,737
2002 691 1,933 780 264 95 95 3,858
2003 650 1,974 764 276 119 101 3,883
2004 709 1,979 789 268 121 105 3,971
2005 758 2,013 782 270 123 109 4,055
2006 813 1,991 787 289 64 120 4,065

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

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