It actually doesn't sound like that's the case. Commercial power plants in Texas rely on natural gas to generate electricity. There have been widely reported natural gas supply disruptions to those commercial power plants, which caused a lot of residential customers to lose electricity, which then caused them to lose heat (natural gas furnaces need electricity to operate their blowers). Likewise, there have been propane disruptions.Valuethinker wrote: ↑Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:42 pmThe particular situation in Texas is precisely this.JBTX wrote: ↑Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:16 pmThanks. I actually saw the Generac when I Googled natural gas generators. Seems like they run around $5k to $6k, plus I'm guessing installation? While a seemingly a costly solution, I'd view it as peace of mind.tomd37 wrote: ↑Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:00 pm Based on previous posts on this site, you are going to get all sorts of answers from permanently installed expensive units that provide enough power to run everything at one time if you so desire down to portable generators that you have to move outside, hook up, and run on gasoline to provide enough power to run selected amounts of items.
That said, as an 84 year-old couple, we recently permanently installed a 22KwH Generac, natural gas powered whole house generator with an automatic transfer switch which will allow us to run everything in our 2200 sq ft home, including the two HVAC systems, at the same time whether the temperature is 99 degrees outside as it is routinely here during most of the summer or whether it is 9 degrees outside as it is tonight with the ice and snow storm we are experiencing for five days.
We had talked about such a generator not too long ago but did not get to have it installed until shortly after we experienced a 69-hour total power outage in May of 2020 after a very severe two-day storm ravaged this part of the state. We watched out our dark rooms to see our neighbor's unit running constantly during those 69 hours. He was the envy of our 162-home community! We may, however, get to use ours for the first time if these snow/ice storms continue for the next three days!
You have to weigh the pros and cons and the costs involved in your decision. Great sense of security though when you have it.
My main question would be, what is the possibility in such an event that not only is electric disrupted by gas too? I don't recall in 25 years ever experiencing as gas disruption. I do occasionally hear about gas line breaks or gas leaks but seems pretty rare.
There were lots of warnings that residential natural gas customers could also lose service, but from everything that I've seen, an overwhelming majority of residential (not commercial) natural gas customers did not actually experience any disruptions.