Many companies have already spent the money to retrofit or shut down the coal-fired power plants that were most affected. Other Texas power companies rely more on natural gas or nuclear power and actually supported the Environmental Protection Agency rule that went into effect in April.
Outside of North America, Argentina and China are the only two nations that are producing commercial quantities of natural gas trapped in deep-seated shale formations, and they both have the capacity to grow their output substantially, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Friday.
The AEE report claimed that the existing and planned natural gas infrastructure can handle the increased demand created by the so-called, federal Clean Power Plan, which would lead to the further reduced reliance on coal power.
West Houston, with white-collar oil and gas jobs in the Energy Corridor, and the Galleria area will suffer more, while the more blue-collar East Houston workforce would be better off in the short term, the report contends.
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