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Texas greenlights Tesla selling electricity to consumers

Tesla solar roof customers would be able to earn money for providing excess energy to the Texas power grid. (Tesla)

Tesla is officially able to sell electricity to Texas retail customers after the state of Texas approved a license for Tesla Energy Ventures this month.


The Tesla subsidiary applied with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to sell electricity in August and was approved on Nov. 3. However, according to the Austin Business Journal, it doesn't mean we can expect Tesla to immediately start selling electricity.

The approval comes as conversations around Texas' electric grid capacity are here to stay heading into the winter months. Last year's snowpocalypse in February left thousands without power in snowy, cold weather.

However, during that time, some reports showed Tesla solar panel and home battery owners were able to avoid blackouts. As an energy provider, those Tesla customers could possibly help power the grid by sharing their excess energy with the grid and earning money for it. Tesla owners would be the first to be offered the electricity service.

Bloomberg also previously reported Tesla Energy Ventures plans to build two giant utility-scale batteries near Giga Texas in southeast Travis County and another in Houston.

Tesla would join 120 other companies already in the Texas retail market for energy.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
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By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.