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(Bob Daemmrich)

Elon Musk is really getting cozy in his new home state of Texas. He's taken his various tech companies across the state and could be taking on a big statewide project next.

Musk has filed a new subsidiary of Tesla, Tesla Energy Ventures, with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to sell electricity. Tesla would be thrown in the ring with 120 other companies already in the Texas retail market for energy if approved this November.

So what makes it unique?

Tesla's energy could be drawn from the grid, like other companies, as well as from Tesla-made home batteries. It would also allow residents with solar panels to earn money for sharing their excess power with the grid—a contentious subject as the Texas power grid continues to be a hot topic after it failed Texans during the February winter storm.

The first to be targeted on this venture would be Tesla owners, according to the filing. With their experience using Tesla vehicles as a backup power source and some owning Tesla solar panels, it's only fitting these would be the loyal customers they could get.

Bloomberg reports Tesla Energy Ventures also plans to build two giant utility-scale batteries near Giga Texas in Austin and another location in Houston. The batteries will serve wholesale power companies in the state.

This is just one of the balls in the air for Musk, who has plenty of ongoing projects. According to Texas Monthly, Musk and Tesla had hoped to enter the Texas power market prior to the unprecedented winter storm.



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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.