• Welcome to your application to be a member of the Pecan Street Research Consortium. Membership is open to faculty and students of accredited universities who wish to become a part of a vibrant research community related to bettering the understanding of applications of smart electricity analytics, monitoring, routing, and usage.

  • 1. As a benefit of membership in the Consortium, Member shall be entitled to the following benefits throughout the life of their membership:

    1. A) Access to Industry Advisory Counsel Members - Consortium members are allowed to attend Pecan Street’s quarterly Industry Advisory Counsel meetings, where consortium members can meet, mingle with, and participate in targeted discussions regarding important research topics and applications to the industry generally.

    2. B) Free data sample - Member will receive a data file consisting of two weeks of whole home disaggregated electricity use data from 10 homes (“Free Data Sample”). Use of this Free Data Sample data is subject to a separate nondisclosure agreement, and will be restricted to classroom teaching, research, academic presentations, and to familiarize members with Pecan Street research data. Any use of the Free Data Sample in presentations and written materials must credit the data source as Pecan Street Research institute.

    3. C) Discounts on data sets - Member may acquire a data membership at the discounted Research Institute annual rate of $2500. This annual fee covers the cost of set up and entitles the member to purchase customized data sets at discounted rates.

    4. D) Commission surveys of research participants - Member may conduct his or her own phone, email, or in-person surveys of Pecan Street research participants provided they commission such surveys at a price to be negotiated. To ensure the public interest research mission of the consortium is maximized, survey results will be integrated into the Pecan Street research database upon publication of the research for which the surveys were carried out or two years after the survey if no research is published.

    5. E) Commission field interventions involving research participants - Member may commission a field intervention involving Pecan Street Project participants at a price to be negotiated.

    6. F) Commission Pecan Street to prepare research funding proposals - Member may commission Pecan Street to prepare research funding proposals at no cost to the member on terms to be negotiated.

  • 2. As a result of having access to these benefits, Member agrees to the following:

    1. A) Member shall agree to and abide by the separate license agreement for access to the Free Data Sample. A link to the agreement will be provided on acceptance of your membership application.

    2. B) Member shall prominently credit Pecan Street Research Institute in any authorized use of the Free Data Sample.

    3. C) Member shall participate in at least one quarterly Industry Advisory Council meeting during each term of their membership.

  • 3. Term of membership shall be one year from the acceptance below. Contact Pecan Street at info@pecanstreet.org to renew your membership when it expires.

  • 4. During participation in Pecan Street activities, Member may receive confidential information from other members of Pecan Street's Research Consortium or Industry Advisory Council. Such receipt may happen during participation in one or more of the following activities: conducting discussions, preparing documents, performing studies, preparing information, and performing other technical, commercial and/or strategic analyses.

  • 5. “Confidential Information” includes information that would normally be treated as confidential provided by the Furnishing Party (defined below) to the other Party in the ordinary course of business, including but not limited to competitive matters, computational methodologies, decisional analyses, technical, financial and business plans and models, names of customers or partners, proposed business deals, reports, software programs, data, trade secrets, generating unit production data, information on fuel costs, facilities costs, customer information, operations and maintenance costs, information on operational strategies, information supporting negotiating strategies, market research, and other financial, technical, and/or commercial information relating to the Furnishing Party, including such Party’s affiliates and its and their businesses.

  • 6. Confidential Information disclosed by the Furnishing Party or its Authorized Representatives shall remain the property of the owner thereof, and the Member acquires no ownership interest therein by virtue of this Agreement. Nothing herein will be construed to constitute an option, grant or license to the Member under any patent, copyright, trade secret or other rights now or hereinafter held by the Furnishing Party.

  • 7. Member shall keep all Confidential Information furnished by the Furnishing Party confidential in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

  • 8. Member shall take all reasonable measures, but in any event no less than the same degree of care that such Party uses to protect its own confidential and proprietary information of similar nature and importance, to protect the confidentiality and avoid the unauthorized use, disclosure, publication, or dissemination of the Furnishing Party’s Confidential Information.

  • 9. Member shall maintain the confidentiality of any Confidential Information and shall not disclose such Confidential Information, in whole or in part, orally or in writing, to any person other than other Pecan Street Research Consortium members or Industry Advisory Council members.

  • 10. Member is responsible for safeguarding all Confidential Information, including preventing employees or agents of any consultant, from accessing, copying or disclosing the Confidential Information for any purpose other than the purposes authorized in this Agreement. Member agrees that any access to the Confidential Information by anyone not specifically authorized by the Furnishing Party is detrimental to the Furnishing Party, and the Furnishing Party reserves all rights against Member, whether at equity or at law, for any act or omission by it (including negligence, gross negligence or willful misconduct) which encourages, permits or furthers the unauthorized access.

  • 11. Confidential Information shall not be used for any purpose by the Member except for the following permitted purposes:
    1. A) Discussions, analysis or other work in connection with a research, development and demonstration activity of Pecan Street carried out in whole or in part by Pecan Street that is funded by one or more Member Companies of Pecan Street’s Industry Advisory Council pursuant to an agreement by and between Pecan Street and the Member Company or Companies; or

    2. B) Other uses permitted by any formal agreement pertaining to the Confidential Information subsequently agreed upon in writing by the Parties.

  • 12. The Confidential Information shall not be used for any purpose detrimental to the legal interests of the Furnishing Party, including as evidence in any lawsuit or dispute that may arise between the Parties or any of the Parties’ relationships. This does not preclude the use as evidence of any materials obtained through other sources, including discovery, that may be the same or similar to the Confidential Information, but the source of the material may not be those documents or other Confidential Information exchanged between the Parties pursuant to this Agreement.

  • Please click ACCEPT below to indicate your acceptance of the above terms, and we will contact you shortly at the provided email address to discuss next steps.