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Free nighttime electricity in Texas!

Discussion in 'Texas' started by mspohr, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. mspohr

    mspohr Active Member

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    #1 mspohr, Nov 8, 2015
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  2. hobbes

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    Nice for Tesla owners. Also a good selling point for a power wall!
     
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Too bad the Powerwall can't take Texas heat.
     
  4. GSP

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    The powerwall might work fine in Texas, as long as owners are OK with it shutting down above its maximum operation temperature of 110 F.

    GSP
     
  5. Todd Burch

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    More importantly if you care about the future of Tesla as a company, this is a perfect use case for a Tesla PowerPack.
     
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    Hopefully nighttime temperatures will be below 110 F in Texas (even with global warming).
    Perfect application for Tesla PowerWall.
     
  7. PokerBroker

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    The powerwall doesn't have to be outside. Why not install it in an inside utility room or basement?
     
  8. TexasEV

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    We don't have basements in Texas.
     
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    ok, so I need this plan + a powerwall, because I work for a school and when I'm off and at home on the school holidays, it would cost a lot to run anything.....

    Also, great...give an inch right? Come on....

    Double also,

    Someone in the comments section makes a good point - this plan in the Summer? The bill would be outrageous!
     
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    Are we heading towards " too cheap to meter" electricity?
     
  11. SW2Fiddler

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    Delivery charges though...
     
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    Really? Everybody in my neighborhood has a basement.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Yes, really. With the soil in Texas basements aren't viable. They would be flooded with every rain.
     
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    I guess Texas is a big state. Reddy is from Amarillo.

    Isn't there somewhere around Chicago that actually pays people around 1c/kwh used at night?

    One of the strategies if you can handle it is to run your a/c hard all night long. I know my house can't raise much more than 10-12 degrees in a day. If I cool to 64 at night, I can pretty much skip a/c in the day (not Texas heat of course).
     
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    We've been doing this at our house in California for several years to take advantage of the off-peak rate between midnight and 7 AM (not free but used to be about 5 cents, now 10 cents). Cool the house down to 68 or 69 and then let it coast with the windows closed during the day until the inside and outside temperatures are equal. We only need A/C about 10 to 15 days per year, fortunately. On other hot days we can dump enough heat using the whole house fan to bring in cooler evening air. But to use the A/C this way we needed a "head pressure relief valve" to prevent liquid refrigerant from flowing back into the compressor when there was not enough heat to evaporate it in the inside coil. We burned out one compressor first.
     
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    Just air condition your garage. Heck with free AC from 9pm to 6am you can turn the AC down to 60F overnight and let the insulation + moderate AC hold you through to the next night.
     
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    Wonder how long until crypto mining farms in TX start construction.
     
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    What I mean is, even if your utility "vendor" gives you electricity for free, the owner of the lines ("Transmission And Distribution Utility," or "TDU,") is allowed to charge for power delivered to you. Mine tacks on about 3.5 cents a kWh.
    Read Thy Bill!
     
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    We have no TOU plans whatsoever here in San Antonio. Flat ~$.12 rate.
     
  20. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    These rates are the result of federal production tax credits. Whether the power is needed or not, the farms get paid by the government to produce, so they are willing to pay people less than that to use power. This situation will easily resolve itself as the subsidies go away.
     

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