We are pleased to announce the Ten Things You Should Know About Texas Energy. Each week for the remainder of the 83rd Legislative Session, we will send you a different fact about Texas Energy. As the session progresses, be on the look out for more updates and the rest of the facts! TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEXAS ENERGY
6. Texas Electric Generators Are Good Stewards of Water
Although water is essential to the production of electricity from natural gas, coal, and nuclear fuel, electricity generation consumes only 3% of the state's water. The average household's daily electricity use, if generated entirely by Texas' coal-fired power plants, would require only 10 to 17.5 gallons of water. This is far less than the average household's daily water use for showers (47 gallons), toilet flushing (75 gallons), and outdoor watering (120 gallons). Electric generators have increased efficiency in response to growing electric and water demand. Nationwide, since 1975, water withdrawals have essentially flat-lined while population has increased by just shy of 100 million. Consumption rates have also significantly dropped from almost 50,000 gallons/mw-hour in the 1950s, to a rate of close to 15,000 gallons/mw-hour presently.
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Balanced Energy for Texas is a statewide coalition of energy consumers, producers, and providers committed to supporting policies that preserve and promote our state's leading role in energy and economic development.
We believe that energy is the backbone of Texas' economy and that economic prosperity is contingent upon the adoption of sensible policies that maximize the use of our state's abundant, diverse and affordable energy portfolio, specifically oil, natural gas and coal. This balanced portfolio, based on free market principles and a sound regulatory framework, is critical to Texas' continued profitability, competitiveness and economic success.
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