By potentially shifting a portion of the state’s very large energy needs from transportation onto the electric system, electric vehicles present challenges to Texas’s utility framework.
Several major utilities filed applications at the PUC to adjust charges associated with their electric distribution systems.
Texans set a new peak electricity demand record for the month of July by consuming 73,962 megawatts of power between 4 and 5 p.m. on July 13.
Cumulatively, the charges have totaled more than $6.6 billion. Utility customers — both home users or businesses — have had them included with their transmission and distribution rates.
SWEPCO had not shown the out-of-state wind facilities would result in lower costs for Texas customers, according to regulators.
The COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program applies only to residential customers in areas with retail electric deregulation.