Although Texas is home to just seven percent of the U.S. population, the
state accounts for about 12 percent of the nation's total energy
consumption. Texas uses more electricity, natural gas, coal and oil than
any other state. And demand
for energy, particularly electricity, is increasing. Since 1970,
residential use of electricity has nearly tripled. Most of the state's
electricity is now generated by burning coal.
However, much of the growing demand for energy in Texas and around the
world can be met with clean, politically secure, renewable energy.
Wind-powered turbines, solar panels and fuels derived from agriculture
products (biomass) are well suited to our state. Currently, less than one
percent of the state's energy needs are provided by renewable energy
In just 40 years, Texas could be importing more than 80 percent of the
energy required to meet its needs. Imports will make the state—and the
U.S. as a whole—highly vulnerable to price fluctuations and political
upheaval in the Middle East and other oil producing regions.