Tesla is trying to help the power grid in its new home state of Texas as rising temperatures lead to a new record demand for electricity in the
Tesla is trying to help the power grid in its new home state of Texas as rising temperatures lead to a new record demand for electricity in the state.
The automaker is promoting a new in-vehicle warning to encourage off-peak charging.
Texas has a notoriously fragile grid that is having trouble keeping up with rising peak demand for electricity.
Problems mostly occur during the winter with cold fronts, but the state’s power grid is currently not coping well with these early summer temperatures.
The Electricity Reliability Board of Texas (ERCOT) announced that six power plants went out yesterday.
In a statement released yesterday, ERCOT commented that it has asked Texans to limit electricity consumption from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm:
“Due to unusually hot weather that has resulted in record demand in Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the energy industry to ensure Texans get the power they need. This afternoon, six power facilities were switched off, resulting in the loss of about 2,900 MW of electricity. At this time, all available generation resources are working. We ask Texans to conserve energy whenever they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers) during weekend peak hours from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ”
Interestingly, Tesla has taken up this claim and shared the advice with its fleet of electric vehicle owners in Texas.
In a new car notice, the automaker advised owners not to charge during peak hours (via Carlan Mitchell on Reddit):
“The heat wave is expected to affect the grid in Texas in the next few days. The network operator recommends avoiding charging during peak hours between 3 pm and 8 pm, if possible, to help the state’s demand management efforts.”
While Tesla is best known in Texas for its Gigafactory in Austin and moving its headquarters there last year, the company also has important plans to help the state’s power grid.
The company has rolled out a large energy storage project of 81 mega-packages and plans to roll out many more household storage and solar panels.
Tesla is installing solar roofs and Powerwalls in new homes at a new giant residential project in Austin, Texas, and its energy division, Tesla Energy, is expected to do more in this direction since it officially entered Texas’ largely unregulated energy market.
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