Tesla wants Powerwall users to create virtual power plant in Texas

Tesla is asking Powerwall owners in Texas to lease their batteries to create a virtual power plant and send waste power to the grid.

You’re here is asking volunteers to participate in a program that will assemble their Powerwall batteries in a virtual power plant to demonstrate that it can provide a reliable flow of electrical power to the Texas grid. This could be particularly useful in outage scenarios triggered by bad weather or demand surges. This is not the first initiative of its kind for Tesla, however. In July of last year, Tesla announced a similar program for California residents, essentially asking them to rent their Tesla Powerwall to stabilize the California power grid and allow residents to tap into the power reserve of a grid of batteries during power outages.


The idea was for the Powerwall’s batteries to discharge during peak hours after notifying users in the afternoon, diverting this waste energy to the power grid. Of course, users had the option of increasing the backup reserve level to limit the extent of energy drained from the battery and ensure they had enough juice left in the tank to power their own home. in the event of an unexpected power failure. There was no compensation or reward in place except a vague assurance of zero net impact on the bill. Tesla is now taking the next step to make inroads in the power supply industry by leveraging its Powerwall battery network in other states.

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The next target is Texas, where You’re here is trying to convince the state that home battery installations can provide valuable back-up power sources to the grid to improve its capacity and ensure residents face less hardship due to supply uncertainties. The Elon Musk-led company aims to convince the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the agency in charge of the state’s independent power grid, that home battery installations can be a reliable backup solution in case of cold snap or excessive demand. to long outages. Currently, ERCOT does not accept individual contributions from batteries to the core network. The idea is not new, however, as homeowners in several parts of the world can sell excess electricity to public power grids in exchange for electricity bill discounts or direct compensation. Israel and the UK are countries where users can resell excess electricity to grid operators at good rates. Tesla’s program does not include any such proposal, at least in the demonstration phase, but there is a token monetary gift for participation.

Create a more resilient electricity grid

According to Tesla’s official statement, Powerwall owners signing up for the program will receive $40 in the form of a Tesla gift card if they complete 80% or more of the tests. But keep in mind that the gift card is the “one-off compensation for participation and for costs incurred in connection with your participation, including any increased energy charges.” As part of the test, Tesla will automatically configure and discharge the Powerwall bank to provide residual power to the grid, meaning Tesla can feed or draw power at any time. However, the company assures users that it will not drain the power supply entirely, leaving a minimum of 20% juice after each test cycle of its planned virtual power plant system.

Those who wish to participate in the program towards “creating a more resilient grid and accelerating the global transition to sustainable energycan do so using the Tesla mobile app, which is also the destination for backing up at will. Tesla’s intentions are noble, especially against the backdrop of the Texas power grid, which has been subject to frequent outages caused by extreme weather and spikes in demand. Of course, it certainly helps that the program attracts more commercial interest in Tesla’s Powerwall installation and its benefits. It remains to be seen whether from Tesla The demonstration of a virtual power plant proves to be a success, and especially if it can convince ERCOT to change its position and allow owners to sell excess electricity back to the grid.

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