Texas is positioning itself to emerge as one of the leading energy markets for electric vehicles (EVs). The state’s grid operator, ERCOT, recently joined a group collaborating to expand clean energy initiatives, including EVs.
The Global Power Systems Transformation consortium includes five other grid managers. These contributors hope to remove barriers to integrating clean energy resources onto the grid. For ERCOT, electric vehicles represent a major part of the future clean energy landscape. According to one prediction, they could account for 15 percent of all vehicles in Texas by 2030.
The increasing popularity of EVs will place new demands on ERCOT’s grid. The biggest challenge is ensuring that most EV charging occurs during off-peak times so grid capacity is not overwhelmed.