Interest in generators rises after winter storms
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In the year since a devastating winter storm caused widespread power outages in Texas, generators have emerged as a key tool to enhance resilience. In LP Gas magazine, Ellen Kriz reports on a new study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) that finds 23 percent of the more than 4,000 respondents purchased a generator over the past two years and 54 percent considered one.
“Electricity is a fundamental resource, and when it’s not available, propane can reliably and safely fill the gap,” says PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins. “Propane-powered generators can keep the lights on when the grid goes down, making them an excellent solution for ensuring resiliency.”
Although the Texas storms were among the notable power outage events in recent years, extreme weather events have become increasingly common. Since 1980, more than 300 weather events have caused over $1 billion in damage each, and high-impact disasters have increased significantly since 2007. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Power Generation for examples of some of the savviest projects using propane to run more reliably and more efficiently.
Top photo: Winter storm Uri dropped over a foot of fresh snow in Round Rock north of Austin, Texas. Credit: RoschetzkyIstockPhoto.