In 2011, California assemblymen Jeff Gorell and Wesley Chesbro proposed a bill that would have given service station owners a 50 percent tax credit, or up to $2,500, for the purchase of an energy-efficient standby generator. The bill died in committee.
People contacted via the Daily Mail's Facebook page had mixed opinions on requiring gas stations to have standby generators.
"I think WV should keep their hand out of private industry, and let the stations themselves figure out that it would behoove them to have backup power," Logan Wheatcraft wrote.
"People should be better prepared for these events," Christina Piper agreed. "These wide spread outages happen how often? Would it really be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for these companies to retrofit equipment for that once a decade possibility?"
Rita Winser argued in favor of the requirement.
"It should be part of the requirements for gas on interstates and main roads," Winser said. "Travelers were stranded People needed fuel for breathing equipment and necessities."
"It wouldn't have done much good last weekend," Sandy Drake pointed out. "All the back-up generators in the world can't pump gas that hasn't been delivered yet."
Gianato said most of West Virginia Homeland Security and Emergency Management's fuel stations have backup generators. He thinks this week's experience will help those affected be better prepared next time.
"You have lessons learned from every event and this is no different," Gianato said. "I think this is something people will look at and make a determination on whether (buying a generator) is the right decision for them.
"It would certainly help for the facilities to have the capability to operate without power. We always want to be better prepared. I'm sure when this storm is over, we're gonna take a look at things and see what we did right and did wrong, and see what we can do better."
Rahall also predicted changes would stem from the disaster.
"I think after this is all over, and every person's power is back on, then we sit down and decide what lessons we really learned," he said.
Daily Mail Capitol reporter Jared Hunt contributed to this report.