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The U.S. Department of Energy reports the growing trend in power plants is natural gas. The DOE says 900 of the next 1,000 U.S. power plants to be built will use natural gas to generate electricity. It is domestically produced and readily available to end-users –that’s you, the customer – through the existing utility infrastructure.

According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission latest data, here is how Oklahoma generates its electricity (2004 data):

Natural Gas - 7700 megawatts
Oil - 25 megawatts
Hydro- 514 megawatts
Wind - 10 megawatts

One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes. Natural gas-fired power plants used turbines like the one pictured below to generate electricity. These turbines are about the size of a locomotive.

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One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.