Power consumption in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas footprint fell about 0.3% year-on-year in April, according to data from the grid operator. Meanwhile, natural gas continued to eat away at coal’s market share of the ERCOT generation mix.

ERCOT’s 2012 Demand and Energy by Month report showed energy usage totaled 24.5 million MWh in April, compared with 24.6 million MWh in April 2011.

Natural gas fueled 51.6% of the providers of power consumed in ERCOT in April, up from 44.2% in March, according to the ERCOT data. Coal generated 24.2% of the energy needs in April, compared with 30.2% in March

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