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Report: Tesla is building a mega battery that will connect to the Texas grid
(Bob Daemmrich)

Tesla subsidiary Gambit Energy Storage is building a massive battery near Houston that will connect to the Texas power grid, according to Bloomberg. The grid, which is mostly maintained by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas, came within five minutes of a total collapse after a series of winter storms last month.


Gambit is in the process of building a more than 100 megawatt energy storage project—which could power around 20,000 homes during the summer season—in Angleton, 40 miles south of Houston, per the report.

Tesla CEO and recent Texas transplant Elon Musk tweeted about ERCOT's service failures on Feb. 17, two days into days-long, statewide power outages.

A commenter linked to a recent news story about a similar Tesla battery project in Australia, where the company is building a 300 megawatt battery storage project, and asked: "is this possible in Texas??" Musk responded: "Yes."

This is not Tesla's first foray into energy. Musk unveiled a home battery product, called the Powerwall, in 2015 and the electric carmaker later acquired SolarCity, another one of Musk's businesses, according to Bloomberg.

"I think long-term Tesla Energy will be roughly the same size as Tesla Automotive," Musk said during a July 22 earnings call. "The energy business is collectively bigger than the automotive business."

Some Tesla Powerwall owners avoided the long blackouts experienced by their fellow Texans last month, according to Teslerati. One Tesla car owner reported sleeping in the electric vehicle to avoid the cold.

The battery project is one of many Musk projects underway in Texas.

SpaceX, his aerospace manufacturing company, will break ground on a new "state-of-the-art manufacturing facility" in Austin related to its broadband Starlink project, according to its latest jobs postings. The company has already established a presence in Texas, where it has a launch facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, and a rocket development facility in McGregor.

Tesla is currently building a Gigafactory in Southeast Travis County. The Boring Company and Neuralink, two other Musk ventures, have also recently expanded to Austin.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway