Competitive retail power company NRG plans to offer an “all you can eat” electric vehicle recharging plan in Houston early next year, expanding the offer to the Dallas area a little later. Likely too few electric vehicles will show up in Houston in the next year or so to make much of a dent in the retail power market, but in general electric vehicles should tend to recharge off-peak, improving the retailers power factor, and possibly tending to reduce average power costs a little. I assume they’ve done the analysis and understand what they are doing.
Perhaps it is a tool to attract high-income consumers to NRG’s retail power unit – Reliant Energy – for home electric service? Seems a little crazy to me, but that is one of the great things about the competitive Texas retail power system: retailers can do crazy things, and no public utility commission has to approve, and no captive ratepayer can be stuck with the bill. Competition works in mysterious ways.