Report: Power Outages Greatly Impacted Natural Gas Production, Transportation During Texas Winter Storm
- Apr 20, 2021 6:30 am GMTApr 23, 2021 6:23 am GMT
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Production of natural gas in Texas remained strong enough to meet the increased demand during February’s historic winter storm and power losses across the supply chain, according to a new report commissioned by the Texas Oil & Gas Association. As TXOGA president Todd Staples explained:
“Missing from many of the post-storm accounts and opinion pieces is the remarkable way natural gas stepped up to power the vast majority of electricity generation in Texas during the storm. On an annual basis, natural gas represents about 48 percent of Texas’ electric power generation.
“During the storm, natural gas increased its percentage of the Texas power generation mix, supplying more than 60 percent of electricity generation every single day between February 11 and February 18. While power generation from natural gas – and all sources of electricity generation – did not ultimately meet the record-setting electricity needs of Texans during the storm, natural gas-fired electricity carried the biggest load of supplying power to the grid during the weeklong weather event.”