Winter Storm Natural Gas Facts

Power Outages Up and Down the Natural Gas Supply Chain Impacted Production and Transportation of Natural Gas During Winter Storm, Analysis Finds

April 22, 2021

An analysis commissioned by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) reveals that power outages, which originated at power generation units, were the principal factor for natural gas production and transportation reductions or shutdowns during Winter Storm Uri. The analysis, prepared by Enverus, examined the performance of the upstream and midstream sectors of the Texas natural gas industry during the recent winter storm and factors contributing to performance issues and is based on data from ERCOT and the U.S. Energy Information Administration and surveys of upstream and midstream operators.

“During the February winter storm, failures occurred up and down the line of our state’s electricity system and every sector must improve. This analysis makes clear that the issues with natural gas production and transportation began with outages originating at the power generation units,” TXOGA president Todd Staples said. “Texans deserve a serious, thoughtful, factual evaluation of what really went wrong. Along with many stakeholders, the Texas oil and natural gas industry continues to assess the entire operational process to develop specific solutions to better protect Texans against future emergency situation failures.”

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As Texans braved one of the most expansive and extreme storms in our history, natural gas ramped up and powered the vast majority of electricity generation needs in Texas.

 

 

  • As Texans braved one of the most expansive and extreme storms in our history, natural gas stepped up and powered the vast majority of electricity generation in Texas. #NatGasFacts

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  • At the height of Winter Storm Uri, natural gas was providing 67% of all power generation in Texas. Without natural gas, millions more Texans would have been without heat and power. #NatGasFacts

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  • Natural gas increased its percentage of the Texas power generation mix, supplying more than 60% of electricity generation every single day during Winter Storm Uri. #NatGasFacts

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  • When Texas was hit with the worst statewide winter storm in memory, natural gas was essential and indispensable in heating and powering the vast majority of Texas homes. #NatGasFacts [TWEET THIS FACT]

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  • During the peak electricity demand of Winter Storm Uri, no other energy source delivered as quickly and reliably as natural gas. #NatGasFacts

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