Tesla Powerwalls Keep Lights on for GMP Customers During Recent Storm

27 July 2016

Battery Powers Homes and Increases System Resiliency

Colchester, Vt. – Green Mountain Power’s first customers with Tesla Powerwall Battery got to test the system’s capabilities during recent storms. The cutting edge battery storage technology was used during this weekend’s severe storm to keep the lights on. Three customers in impacted areas were able to use the Powerwall to provide back-up power to their homes for the duration of the outage, meaning they never lost power.
“Storms bring so much devastation and getting power back on as safely and quickly as possible for customers is our top priority.  We are so pleased to see this new technology solution being put in action for the benefit of our customers during these bad weather events,” said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell. “Leveraging innovations like the Powerwall and other new products and services, will help Vermonters use more cost-effective and locally produced energy so that one day we’ll rely first on these new systems and on the grid as a back-up system.”
Green Mountain Power was the first utility in the country to receive the Powerwalls for customers. The Tesla home battery can be paired with small-scale solar such as rooftop panels to store locally generated energy, or it can be used without solar as a battery to store power from the grid. During a storm or emergency, the battery is able to power essential parts of the home like lights, a refrigerator, and furnace.  Customers can also leverage time-of-use rates to charge and discharge the battery at times that will save them money.

Jill Fraga who lives in Lincoln had her Powerwall battery provide back up power her home for 14 hours.
“This is a game-changer for our family and will be especially important during winter storms when it’s dark and cold,” said Fraga. “Not losing power and being able to go about our lives provides stability, safety and peace of mind. I’m so happy GMP is offering the Powerwall for customers and that Vermont is leading the way on a new energy future.”
For other customers, in Ripton, where there was significant storm damage, the Powerwall kept the lights on for 16 hours while crews repaired damage to poles and wires and in Hinesburg the battery provided power for 2 hours through an outage.
In addition to storing power for use during outages, the Powerwall also allows GMP to reduce peak demand on the system, providing cost savings to all customers.
GMP has worked closely with customers to help make the Powerwall an affordable option. Customers can lease one for $37.50 a month or $1.25 a day, with no upfront cost.
“Our customers consistently tell us they want clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power and the Tesla Powerwall is part of how we make that happen for customers,” said Powell. “With so many advances in energy technology, our teams are committed to staying at the forefront of this exciting transformation for the benefit of our customers and our state.”  
Customers can call or go online to learn more about the Tesla Powerwall. To sign up for a Tesla Powerwall or for more information, please visit:
About Green Mountain Power:
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower

Kristin Carlson
Green Mountain Power
(802) 229-8200