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Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Energy.gov July 3, 2014

Using smart grid technologies, the project provides 1,000 residences, 25 small commercial properties and three public schools energy data in real-time. Customers can now set and track utility bill budgets, use software to manage the electricity use of individual appliances, and even sell energy back to the grid when they are using less than they produce. By integrating smart meters, solar panels, electric vehicles and energy storage capabilities, the project is already seeing the benefits of smart grid integration and providing customers with control over their electric usage. Read More »

Time Magazine: Is this America’s smartest city?

Time Magazine • June 26, 2014

The Pecan Street devices are even smarter than smart meters, recording data from different appliances essentially in real time. At any given moment, the Pecan Street engineers–who work in partnership with the University of Texas and local utility Austin Energy–know exactly how much electricity their subjects are using and how that use changes in response to the time of day, weather patterns, even fluctuations in power price. “It’s by far the most aggressive [data-collection] project that I know of,” said Ernest Moniz, U.S. Energy Secretary, during a visit to Pecan Street in February. Read More »

Crumbling U.S. Grid Gets Jolt

Bloomberg News June 25, 2014

Some consumers are raving about the benefits of the smart grid, too. For Austin, Texas, resident Luke Downs, a participant in the Pecan Street project, access to the smart grid has changed his energy life. “Suddenly, I could see what I was doing,” he said. Downs, 44, lives in a 3-bedroom row house in what’s known as the Mueller neighborhood, a planned urban redevelopment on the grounds of Austin’s former municipal airport. Read More »

Researchers win fellowship awards at WikiEnergy Data Conference

June 9, 2014

Three researchers received energy research fellowship awards from Pecan Street Inc. at last week’s International WikiEnergy Data Conference at the University of Texas. All entries were reviewed by a panel of Pecan Street’s research advisory board, and researchers used Pecan Street’s unique energy dataset to address critical industry questions. The winners were: First place ($10,000): […] Read More »

New Tech City Podcast – Pecan Street Feature

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There's a neighborhood in Austin, Texas where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. There are more electric cars per capita here in the Mueller community than in any residential neighborhood in America. It's a kind of paradise and it could drive you nuts. Read More »

AC accounts for 2/3 of home summer electric use; over 80% of discretionary electric use in Texas research trial

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Homeowners and utilities in areas with hot summers already knew air conditioning was the dominant electric use between June and August. The latest quarterly research report from the research site WikiEnergy puts a number on just how much of that home electric use comes from air conditioning. Read More »

International WikiEnergy Data Conference – June 3-4, 2014

April 11, 2014

  Join the WikiEnergy member researchers on June 3-4, 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin for the International WikiEnergy Data Conference. Co-hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and Pecan Street Research Institute, the WikiEnergy Data Conference will take place in conjunction with and immediately following the second International Workshop on Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM, […] Read More »

Hidden Treasure: Two New Resources Offer Up Massive Amounts of Utility Data

Green Tech Media March 13, 2014

Where Chattanooga EPB is looking to drive entrepreneurial innovation with its GIGTANK project, Pecan Street Project is looking for not-for-profit researchers to tap its WikiEnergy data store. The platform is free, but is only open to faculty and students at “postsecondary educational institutions” such as U.S. universities and their international equivalents, or researchers at nonprofit research institutions. Read More »

With Wiki Energy, Pecan Street shares the largest residential energy database with the world

Scientific American March 12, 2014

There’s a new resource for researchers on residential energy usage called Wiki Energy, which is a new initiatve from Austin, Texas-based Pecan Street Inc. Read More »

Wiki-energy.org Provides University and NGO Researchers Access to the World’s Largest Energy and Water Use Database

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A consortium of university and NGO researchers announced today the launch of WikiEnergy, a suite of online research tools that includes the world’s largest research database of customer energy and water use. WikiEnergy (www.wiki-energy.org) is available for free to university and NGO researchers conducting scientific and public interest research and curriculum development. Read More »