Meanwhile, Tesla is coming into the Texas energy market. There’s a brand new energy storage web site in Angleton, and new video from Tesla stated their 81 megapacks within the metropolis will present help to the grid by balancing demand, reducing energy prices, and protecting the lights on.
“Energy storage is coming to Texas in an enormous means,” stated Doug Lewin, an energy advisor in Austin.
Lewin predicted that the positioning will possible be one among a number of that may present backup power and scale back the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. He known as this sort of energy storage useful, but nonetheless not an answer for the problems that plunged hundreds of thousands of Texans into frigid darkness when the grid failed.
“It will help present a portion of the power we want, but we’re additionally going to want some lengthy length storage,” Lewin stated.
Think of this short-term storage as a plan B. ERCOT is in command of operating the state’s plan A, which is the grid. Right now, they’ve greater than 60 vacancies, with a majority of the openings for engineers.
When questioned about reliability on the heels of a chilly snap, ERCOT despatched ABC 13 an announcement saying, “While ERCOT is working aggressively to fill vacant roles throughout the group, we’ve got the personnel in place to make sure the grid is dependable this winter.”
The Public Utility Commission of Texas additionally despatched ABC13 the next assertion.
“The Texas grid is extra dependable and resilient than it’s ever been due to winter weatherization necessities and redesigning the electrical energy market to be certain extra power is out there early, moderately than ready for an emergency to carry it on line. That means the grid is properly ready to meet the state’s electrical energy wants in cool climate.”
“What we’ve got not seen but addressed that I feel most essentially wants to be addressed, is the required winterization of pure gasoline provide,” Lewin stated.
He additionally stated our system nonetheless has room to enhance, whereas non-public firms like Tesla can help out till the grid will get the place it wants to be.
“I feel the kind of headline there may be storage is coming, and it’s actually nice for grid reliability and resiliency. It doesn’t solve each single downside,” Lewin stated.
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