Tesla seeks help in Texas power grid with car warning

Tesla seeks help in Texas power grid with car warning

Tesla is trying to help the grid in its new state, Texas, as rising temperatures result in new state electricity demand records.

The automaker is launching a new car alarm to encourage off-peak charging.

Texas has a notoriously fragile grid that faces problems supporting the growing peak of electricity demand.

The problems came mainly in the winter in the middle of cold fronts, but the state electricity network is not handling these first summer temperatures very well now.

The Texas Electricity Trust Council (ERCOT) announced that six power plants were shut down yesterday.

In a statement issued yesterday, ERCOT commented that it had asked Texans to limit their use of electricity between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“With unusually hot weather leading to record demand throughout Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the electricity industry to ensure that Texans have the power they need. This afternoon, six power plants were shut down, losing about 2,900 MW of electricity. All available production resources are currently operational. We ask Texans to save energy when they can, by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding the use of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. until the weekend. ”

Interestingly, Tesla took the statement and shared the advice with its Texas electric vehicle owners fleet.

In a new car announcement, the carmaker advised owners not to charge during rush hour (via Karlan Mitchell on Reddit):

“A heat wave is expected to affect the network in Texas in the coming days. The network operator recommends avoiding charging during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., if possible, to help demand-side management efforts across the state. “

While Tesla is best known in Texas for its Gigafactory in Austin and relocating there last year, the company also has major plans to help the grid in the state.

The company has developed a large 81 Megapacks energy storage project and plans to develop much more residential and solar storage.

Tesla is installing solar panels and Powerwalls in new homes on a giant new residential project in Austin, Texas, and its energy division, Tesla Energy, is expected to do more on this front since it officially entered Texas’ largely deregulated energy market. .

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