Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Energy is Good for Texas

Natural Gas

Natural gas plays a crucial role in providing reliable and affordable energy for the state. If Texas were a country, it would be the third-largest producer of natural gas in the world. Natural gas, a hydrocarbon gas mixture formed from the decay of organic matter over millions of years, is a cleaner-burning fossil fuel than coal and oil.

Nearly 25 percent of U.S. natural gas reserves are in Texas.

30 percent of the 100 largest U.S. natural gas fields are in Texas.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas provides 41.8 percent of Texas’ electric generating capacity, making it the largest single source of power in the state.

Nuclear Energy By the Numbers

Jobs, 2022

Average Annual Wage for Natural Gas Jobs, 2022

Natural Gas Extraction

Drilling Oil and Gas Wells

Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations

Gross Domestic Product, 2021
$161.9 billion

top 10 counties in Texas
by natural gas production, 2022

Map Details
Top 10 Texas Counties by Natural Gas Production, 2022
County  Shale Formation  Total MCF
(One thousand cubic feet )
Reeves  Barnett-Woodford  928,780,348 
Webb  Eagle Ford  907,729,255 
Panola  Haynesville-Bossier  764,014,865 
Culberson  Barnett-Woodford  456,123,664 
Harrison  Haynesville-Bossier  409,130,750 
Loving  Barnett-Woodford  354,457,807 
Tarrant  Barnett  312,277,490 
La Salle  Eagle Ford  244,128,082 
San Augustine  Haynesville-Bossier  228,478,277 
Wise  Barnett  165,017,890 

Montgomery County Power Station in Willis, Texas, is a state-of-the-art natural gas power plant with an installed capacity of 993 MW. This plant first came to operation in 2021 and helps to provide reliable and affordable energy to customers in the region.


Natural gas in liquified form (LNG) is shipped all over the world via two LNG export facilities located in Texas, with plans for eight additional LNG export facilities to be constructed in the future. LNG is projected to experience a 152 percent increase in exports from now until 2050.

This contributes to economic growth and strengthens Texas' position in the global energy trade. Natural gas continues to be a preferred fuel for electricity generation in Texas due to its lower emissions profile and cost-effectiveness.

Along with its abundant reserves and technological advancements, natural gas remains a crucial component of Texas' energy portfolio.

Sources: Texas Oil and Gas Association, U.S. Energy Information Administration, ERCOT, Entergy Newsroom

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

This is one in a series of reports the Comptroller has prepared on energy in Texas.

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