If you’re a Texas residential energy customer, you may be able to enroll in one of these programs. Supporters of initiatives like the Power Partner Program say it can help customers reduce their energy bills, conserve energy for the grid, and help maintain stable energy distribution during periods of high demand. Similar programs exist in various parts of the country, including in California and Pennsylvania.
In the short term, it’s likely that REPs will use these conservation measures throughout August. August is generally the month with peak energy demand in Texas because that’s when temperatures are at their hottest.
You may also find that REPs place increased focus on these programs over the longer term. Texas energy demand is set to increase over the coming years, which will place the grid under more strain. The transition to renewable energy and hotter temperatures due to climate change will also increase the need for energy conservation.
If you don’t want to participate in remote thermostat adjustment programs, you should make sure to review the fine print of your energy agreement. This includes settings on any apps or online accounts you have. You should be able to check your electricity plan’s contract to determine whether you opted into one of these programs. If you find out you’re enrolled in an energy-saving program and want to opt out, contact your energy provider.
Jordan Smith is a freelance journalist and translator covering issues related to energy, the environment, and politics. His work has appeared on the independent news site Opposing Views and at the Canadian Labour Institute.