By Clayton Johnson, Communications Coordinator – To show the impact of the relief package, we compared utility bills at the reduced rates to the standard, pre-COVID rate. Energy use in 2020 increased by 14% in April, 10% in May, 2% in June, and 4% in July compared to monthly averages from 2017-2019.
Over the past several weeks, our work has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the momentum behind the racial justice and equity movement. As always, our home energy database has been central to the work we’ve accomplished.
Shifting from gas to electricity for winter heating “would result in increased winter electricity demand peaks,” the report found. “When combined with the reduction in summer peak demand, the increase in winter peak demand would flip Texas from a ‘summer peaking’ to a ‘winter peaking’ system.”
Scott Hinson is the chief technology officer for Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit research organization that focuses on ways to spread solar power to reduce the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation. Pecan Street is located in the Mueller neighborhood and has organized some volunteer homeowners to participate in the blackout experiment. It might expose them to infrequent losses of power.