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Tesla applies to become an energy supplier in Texas

When Tesla began improving a secretive 100 -megawatt energy storage project in Angleton, Texas, a city some 40 miles south of Houston, there were questions about what the company planned to do with the equipment. Now we know.

Per an application filed by the company with the state’s Public Utility Commission, Tesla wants to sell electricity instantly to shoppers in Texas. Tesla Energy Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the automaker, compiled the move in mid-August, according to Texas Monthly. If approved, the company could start selling electricity to residents as early as November.

Tesla has built utility-scale energy storage projections in all parts of the world, including South Australia and California, but has so far scaped selling energy stored under those equipment directly to buyers. Instead, it has tended to work with providers by assist them with their storage needs.

But that was before a cold spell in February left much of Texas without electricity for daylights on end. When the power grid neglected, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who by that spot had recently left California for the Lone Star State, took to Twitter to mock the Electric Reliability Council of Texas( ERCOT ). “Not earning that R, ” he said of the nonprofit group, which oversees nearly 90 percent of the Texas power grid.

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