More Texas homes will be powered by cleaner-burning natural gas with or without stringent new federal regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants, a panel of Texas regulators and electricity company chiefs said Thursday.

“We haven’t seen permits come across our desk for new coal plants,” said Toby Baker, commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental regulator. “My guess is we’re not going to see permits for new coal plants. We are now in a gas/renewable world. And that’s where we’re going to be.”

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