Tesla and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company are working on a new venture to help specific locations get power during outages and outages and to help nearby communities. The Powerwall would send its extra energy stored on the device back to the grid and would help power homes to provide light during emergencies.
Tesla, PG&E bring virtual power plants for emergencies
Tesla Powerwall for battery-powered homes
Tesla has announced more details about its Virtual Power Plant venture, also known as the Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP), which would bring power to homes even during outages. It partnered with California-based PG&E and the companies would help power grids get backup to send to all users, despite not having a Powerwall in their home.
The project would focus on supplying power to electricity grids in cities or regions. It would come from the backup power that Tesla’s Powerwall would store on its battery through the standard process. Users who own the Powerwall that would contribute to the grids would have another backup power ready for them when a power outage occurs.
Users can also adjust their reserve power that it contributes to the nets.
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Tesla’s Powerwall to Fix Power Outages
Tesla Powerwall will be the primary technology that this venture will bring to light, and it already exists in users’ homes and aims to help many people in times of crisis. The company wants to help not just one person with the Powerwall, but others affected by power outages caused by emergency situations.
Tesla’s Emergency Assistance
In early 2021, a massive snowstorm hit Texas, shutting down power supplies and preventing Texans from using heating services despite the cold weather. Users with Powerwall installed in their homes were lucky to have the technology, as they reported there were no power cuts and could use the device’s electricity.
After that incident, there were talks about expanding the Powerwall as a device to provide power not only to the household in which it is available, but also to other locations. Tesla urged its users to sign up for the Virtual Power Plant beta that would connect their Powerwalls to the grid, and it would test its capabilities to return energy to the area’s primary power source.
However, this is purely voluntary and users would not receive any compensation for this undertaking.
Tesla aims to be a service provider for many enterprises, not only for electric vehicles, but also for the energy sector. It may not be a direct power supplier, but it strives to use its technology for more than its intended purpose.
The next times a power outage can occur and power comes back for lighting and other minimal consumption, Tesla may be able to power your homes.
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