Tesla attempts to help Texas power grid amid heat wave with in-car alert


Tesla is trying to help the grid in his new home state of Texas as rising temperatures drive another record high demand for electricity in the state.

The automaker is offering a new in-vehicle alert to encourage off-peak charging.

Texas has a notoriously fragile grid that has problems supporting increased peak electricity demand.

The problems have mostly occurred in the winter amid cold fronts, but the state’s power grid no longer handles those early summer temperatures very well.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that six power generation facilities went offline yesterday.

In a statement released yesterday, ERCOT said it asked Texans to limit their electricity use between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.:

“With unusually warm weather for the season driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the electric industry to ensure Texans have the power they need. This afternoon, six power generation facilities went offline, resulting in the loss of approximately 2,900 MW of electricity. At this time, all available generation resources are operating. 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, clothes washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. pm during the weekend.”

Interestingly, Tesla picked up on the statement and shared the advice with its fleet of electric vehicle owners in Texas.

In a new in-car notification, the automaker recommended owners not charge during peak hours (via Karlan Mitchell on Reddit):

“A heat wave is expected to impact the network in Texas over the next several days. The grid operator recommends avoiding peak charging between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., if possible, to help statewide efforts to manage demand.

While Tesla is best known in Texas for its Gigafactory in Austin and moved its headquarters there last year, the company also has big plans to help the state’s power grid.

The company has deployed a large energy storage project consisting of 81 megapacks and plans to deploy significantly more residential and solar storage.

Tesla is installing solar roofs and Powerwalls on new homes in a giant new residential project in Austin, Texas, and its energy division, Tesla Energy, is expected to do more on this front since officially entering the energy market. mostly deregulated from Texas.

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