smart grid

Oak Park, IL: Smart grid project moves closer toward implementation

September 18, 2014 ,,

Press Release: Issued by Village of Oak Park, IL on September 18, 2014 (Oak Park, IL – September 18, 2014) — A project to demonstrate the potential cost savings of electric smart grid technologies in Oak Park took a step closer to implementation Monday, as the Village Board confirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability by […] Read More »

New Tech City Podcast – Pecan Street Feature

New Tech City - NYC NPR May 21, 2014 ,,,,,,,,

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 »

McCracken named 2013 Smart Grid Pioneer

November 6, 2013

Smart Grid Today named the 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013 today, drawing upon its coverage of the industry over the last year. These are the experts and risk-takers to whom we turned to explain in detail the industry’s most newsworthy moves, insights, advances, setbacks and new concerns. Read More »

Will You or the Grid Control Your Electric Car?

Scientific American June 18, 2013 ,,,,

The Pecan Street demonstration project—part of the newly built 280-hectare neighborhood known as Mueller—has become the largest concentrated community of electric vehicle (EV) owners in the world. Read More »

Pike Powers Laboratory & Center for Commercialization Launches Cutting Edge Research and Commercialization Facility

Press Release • June 11, 2013

Leaders from major technology firms, including Dell, Intel Corporation, Schneider Electric and National Instruments, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, joined researchers from The University of Texas and the Pike Powers Laboratory & Center for Commercialization (Pike Powers Lab) at the product development facility’s formal opening today. Read More »

New Austin lab aims to become leader for clean-energy testing

Austin American-Statesman June 6, 2013 ,,,,,,,

The $1.5 million facility, across the street from the old Mueller airport tower, is the physical realization of the Pecan Street’s agenda to use massive amounts of real-time data to determine what new technology works and what doesn’t. It has $600,000 of specialized testing equipment. “We can test almost anything with an on-off button,” said lab director Scott Hinson. Read More »

White House Blog: Green Button – Enabling Energy Innovation

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy May 2, 2013 ,,,,

With support from the Department of Energy, the Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization has launched a Green Button app testing center and the Pecan Street Research Institute will also make the largest open set of disaggregated and anonymized consumer energy use data available in the Green Button format. Read More »

With Free Sample Data Set, Pecan Street Research Institute Expands Access to World-Class Energy Use Data to Global University Researchers

Press Release • April 11, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Colin Rowan,, (512) 222-9603 (Austin – April 11, 2013) For decades, university researchers pursuing energy innovations and solutions have been hindered by lack of research data on how people use electricity in their homes during the course of the day. But for the past two years, one U.S. university has […] Read More »

Could Your Smartphone Lower Your Electricity Bill?

National Journal April 3, 2013 ,,,,

In the summer of 2011, Texas experienced a heat wave that had electricity providers sweating. So many homes were cranking the air conditioning that utility companies feared the electric grid couldn’t handle the strain. One Austin neighborhood stood out. During triple-digit afternoons, homes in the area with south-facing solar panels drew half the energy they needed from their own rooftops. 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 »