February 2, 2023 – The Center Square
As Texas hit with freezing temps, natural gas drives Texas energy grid
By Bethany Blankley
(The Center Square) – As Texas continues to grapple with winter conditions and about 1% of Texans lost power due to icy conditions, statewide, the power, heat, lights and water are on, largely fueled by the Texas natural gas industry…
…The Texas Oil & Gas Association also pointed out that natural gas was keeping the power, lights and heat on in other parts of the country as well. “Across the U.S. natural gas production is holding steady and is forecasted to increase while power demand is beginning to decrease,” it said in a winter weather situation report.
“Texas natural gas production, processing, transmission, and storage sectors continues to perform,” the report states. “Overall, according to RBN Energy, Texas production is increasing 0.1 bcf for Thursday, February 2 to 24.7 bcf. Weather and road access issues continue to improve. Natural gas continues to be the dominant fuel source for power generation during the storm.”