Monday, 16 May 2022 12:40

Tesla Attempts to Help as Texas' Power Grid in Trouble Yet Again

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs


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Texas has been having intermittent issues with its dated power grid for years, though these past few winters have brought the issue into the eyes of the media.

Now, as hotter temperatures are upon us, the state's grid is struggling once again.


The increased demand for electricity in the Lone Star State has caused officials to alert customers of potential issues, requesting they work to conserve energy. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) recently announced six power plants had tripped due to the excessive power use associated with rising temperatures.


The council issued the following statement via Electrek, asking customers to limit the amount of power they use between peak times, 3 to 8 p.m.:


"This afternoon, six power generation facilities tripped offline resulting in the loss of approximately 2,900 MW of electricity ...

We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend."


Meanwhile, Tesla became aware of ERCOT's request, and it sent out an alert to all of its vehicle owners in the state. The simple alert popped up on peoples' Tesla touch screens making them aware of the grid concerns and advising them to avoid charging during peak times. 


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