Mostly no. Due to California’s recent challenges with grid shutdowns coupled with its ambitious clean energy goals, the State and utilities are especially focused on delivering a more reliable grid.
First, while Marin County has been significantly impacted by Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in previous years, PG&E has continued to take steps, including hardening its infrastructure and improving its local distribution system. In Marin County, PG&E has completed vegetation management on 52 miles of transmission lines in Marin County and installed 62 sectionalizing devices which reduces impact to areas should a local PSPS be needed in the future. While there is no absolute way to eliminate power outages completely, these steps reduce the frequency and durations of potential outages.
Second, natural disasters, emergencies, and power outages can also occur with the natural gas system. For example, during wildfires and earthquakes, utilities must often turn the natural gas system off. A restoration study completed for the City of San Francisco in 2020, found that the electrical grid could be restored to power within days to weeks while the natural gas infrastructure would require up to six months to be fully restored because of the time required to test all lines and for crews to restore service to each individual connection.
As discussed earlier, MCE supports building electrification and is taking steps to improve energy reliability. If 100% reliability is the goal, then electrification with battery and solar backup via a microgrid will mitigate energy reliability risk while also providing financial returns during normal operation. For details on the electric transition, MCE has published a flier on how they are prepared and preparing for the shift to an all-electric future.
Finally, when the electricity is out, most gas furnaces won't operate because their fans are electric and many modern gas ranges also require electricity for ignition.