May 29 — Dozens of states saw spring temperatures at the highest they’ve ever been. In Texas, the heat was bad enough to knock six power plants offline, forcing state regulators to ask residents to help avoid a blackout by turning up their thermostats.
May 26 — Telsa is looking to recruit owners of its Powerwall batteries to provide electricity to the grid in Texas. The company is hoping to demonstrate to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas that a group of batteries operating together, called a virtual power plant, can provide electricity and stability to a grid that’s been criticized for its unreliability in recent years.
May 26 — The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued requests to residents to conserve electricity wherever possible Friday, May 13, after six power plants unexpectedly shut down.