Entergy Texas is seeking regulatory approval to provide on-site, backup generation for commercial and small industrial customers in the southeast part of the state.
The utility filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to begin offering a resiliency solution called “Power Through.” Entergy Texas would install, operate, own and maintain the generator, with the customer only paying a monthly fee.
If an outage occurs, the generator switches on, allowing the business to continue operations. However, during the majority of the time when the host customer is served from the grid, Entergy Texas can use that available power capacity to serve customers in the surrounding area.
“Our focus is on providing reliable power to our customers, but sometimes uncontrollable events occur,” said Stuart Barrett, vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas. “This new program will help businesses that require uninterrupted power — such as grocery stores, hospitals and other essential businesses — by providing a solution that ensures greater reliability.”
If approved by the PUCT, Entergy Texas would be able to begin providing this service to interested customers around January 2022.
This program builds on Entergy Texas’s pilot project to test this concept with a grocery store in The Woodlands area. Since deploying the initial pilot in 2019, Entergy Texas has utilized the generator numerous times to serve power needs in the local area, as well as the customer utilizing the system during an outage in the area.
“Our experience with our pilot project has shown that these types of commercial backup generators have significant value for all of our customers,” continued Barrett. “The expansion of this program, pending Commission approval, will help meet a critical customer need and continue our work to invest in reliable and affordable infrastructure for our customers.”