According to Texas Monthly, Tesla has filed an application to Texas’s Public Utilities Commission to provide electricity this month. Tesla would give electricity to whoever needs it. The application was submitted by Tesla Energy Ventures.
Tesla has started a “big battery build-out” near Angleton, Texas. This would give people 100-megawatt storage for Texas’s power grid.
Tesla has made other energy storage systems in Los Angeles, two in Australia, and another one being built in Monterey, California. Although these Tesla has not ventured into retail electricity provider, according to CNBC, these batteries have helped energy, storage, and consumption companies.
When a winter storm swept throughout Texas back in February, 4.5 million people were left without power, and 15 million people did not have access to running water for days on end.
At first, officials blamed renewable energy’s inconsistency even though Texas relies on fossil fuels for the most part. As it turns out, Texas’s power grid was knowingly ill-equipped before the storm came through. According to The Regulatory Review, operators told power plants to prepare for upcoming wintry weather, but utility plants were eventually iced over. On top of that, legislators did nothing to update the state’s power plants after another disastrous winter storm hit in 2011.
Not only is Texas’s power weak, but it is also isolated from the rest of the United States. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a nonprofit company that gives electricity to the state. According to CNBC, ERCOT powers more than 25 million homes in Texas single-handedly.
Elon Musk poked fun at ERCOT when the winter disaster was unfolding:
.@ERCOT_ISO is not earning that R
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 17, 2021
According to CNBC, Ana Stewart, Tesla’s director of regulatory credit training, was listed as Tesla Energy Venture’s president on the application. The application also had Stewart’s resume which claimed that she helped Tesla gain $3.8 billion in regulatory credits for the past four years.
With Tesla’s plan of helping Texas with their power problems while earning and expanding their business is a win-win. Hopefully, this will allow extra elbow room for Texas’s power grid the next time there is a bad storm.