Monthly Archives: September 2011

Companies to test products using Pecan Street’s smart grid

Austin American-Statesman September 30, 2011

"To be relevant, smart grid innovations must solve consumers' problems and provide services that excite them," said Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street Inc., a research consortium largely financed by a federal grant. Read More »

UT Behind Ambitious Smart-Grid Energy Project

Alcalde September 30, 2011

“This project would not be happening without The University of Texas, period,” Pecan Street spokesman Colin Rowan says. “The vision that started this project was built on bringing the best university technology together with the best private sector talent with government support. It’s now turned into one of the most exciting smart grid projects in the country.” Read More »

Austin Studies Power Grid, Including Plug-In Cars

New York Times September 30, 2011 ,,

“Texas is really leading the nation with respect to promoting a well-balanced approach to smart-grid,” said Jerry Jackson, a former Texas A&M professor who now leads a national smart-grid research consortium based in Orlando, Fla. Read More »

Pecan Street Inc. Selects Companies for Consumer-Focused Smart Grid Offering

Press Release • September 30, 2011

Best Buy, Check-It, Chevrolet, Freescale, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Sony, SunEdison and Whirlpool to provide range of new smart grid and consumer products, including communications platforms, home services systems, smart appliances, charging of cars from home solar panels and one of the nation’s most concentrated residential installations of electric vehicles. Read More »

Feature: Families welcome Chevy Volts to Mueller Community

September 29, 2011

"We're going to test the impact these vehicles have on household energy use and the grid itself, and we will try innovative solutions that charge the cars with rooftop solar panels," McCracken said. "The cars will be an integral part of our research. But the cars will be the residents' cars. We won't tell them how to use them or when to charge them. We want to know how things change when you introduce this new technology into a neighborhood." Read More »