History

Spring 2008 City of Austin, UT’s Austin Technology Incubator, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin Energy begin discussing a clean energy economic development collaboration.
Summer 2008 Informal workgroups develop rough parameters for the project and recruit local experts, including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
September 2008 EDF officially joins the effort, rounding out the Founding Partners with the City of Austin, Austin Energy, The University of Texas, the Austin Technology Incubator and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Fall 2008 Corporate partners are recruited to provide staff and expertise.
December 2008 “Pecan Street Project” and its founding and corporate partners are announced at a Clean Energy Venture Summit press conference.
January 2009 Project volunteers gather for the first work session at SEMATECH, break into workgroups and begin their research and deliberations.
Spring 2009 Research and deliberation continue, remotely and at two more Austin work sessions.
July 2009 Workgroups submit internal reports and the founding partners begin formulating recommendations.
August 2009 Founding partners create Pecan Street Project Inc., a non-profit organization, to pursue the project’s mission beyond the release of the recommendations.
August 2009 Pecan Street Project Inc. coordinates the submission of an application for Department of Energy stimulus funding for a smart grid demonstration project at Austin’s Mueller community.
November 2009 The Department of Energy awards Pecan Street Project Inc. $10.4 million for the smart grid demonstration project at Mueller.
January 2010 Pecan Street Project Inc. hires Brewster McCracken as executive director.
January 2010 Pecan Street Project Inc. receives a $297,000 Department of Commerce economic development grant through the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) to fund a portion of the organization’s operating expenses.
March 2010 Recommendations resulting from research and deliberations of workgroups are released to the public.
Spring 2010 Pecan Street Project Inc. begins planning and implementation of smart grid demonstration project at Mueller.
September 2010 Pecan Street Project Inc. selects Austin-based Incenergy LLC to provide smart grid monitoring systems in the organization’s demonstration project in Austin’s Mueller community.
October 2010 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides a $350,000 grant to research energy efficiency in existing homes.
January 2011 Pecan Street Project Inc. and Incenergy complete installation of smart grid monitoring systems in the first 100 homes participating in the demonstration project.
February 2011 Pecan Street Project Inc. releases a “Request for Information” for companies interested in providing solutions and participating in the smart grid demonstration project in Austin’s Mueller community.
Summer 2011 Pecan Street Project Inc. transitions to Pecan Street Inc.