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Austin Energy sets the curve

Austin Chronicle July 23, 2010 ,,,

With many holding their breath to see how those efforts – embodied most publicly in the Pecan Street Project – will contribute to defining the utility of the future, the fear is that a newcomer will spend so much time catching up that AE will lose its edge. Read More »

The Great Green Grid

E Magazine July 1, 2010 ,,,

In Austin, Texas, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) went a step farther with its Pecan Street Project. Calling it “a unique community-wide collaboration” involving a local utility, universities, nonprofits, a chamber of commerce and local government, EDF National Energy Program Director Jim Marston says participants set out to “reinvent the current energy delivery system.” Read More »

Renewable Energy and the Utility: The Next 20 Years

Press Release • May 24, 2010

That truth is what drove Austin Energy to get involved in the Pecan Street Project, in which a group of more than 200 volunteers including representatives from Austin Energy, the City Council of Austin, the University of Texas, private corporations and the Environmental Defense Fund teamed up to develop a set of recommendations that will help usher in transformative change to the way energy is generated, managed and delivered in the city. Read More »

Beyond Metering: 10 Pretty Darn Interesting Stimulus-Funded Smart Grid Projects

Smart Grid News April 27, 2010 ,,,

This project in Austin is getting a lot of attention and in fact two of the people involved wrote about it for SGN recently. This initiative builds on Austin Energy's existing Smart Grid programs by creating a microgrid that will initially link 1,000 residential smart meters, 75 commercial meters, and plug-in electric vehicle charging sites. Perhaps as interesting as what they’re doing is how this progressive not-for-profit entity is making the Pecan Street project happen. Read More »

UW, state should follow Austin’s lead on energy

Daily Cardinal (Wisconsin) April 16, 2010 ,,,

This week’s Green Room takes a look at Austin’s progressive energy strategy. What can Madison learn from Austin, Texas? A lot, perhaps, when it comes to producing clean energy. Austin has been experimenting with a new approach for generating electricity. The city recently unveiled the Pecan Street Project, described as “a community-wide collaboration to fully […] Read More »

Austin seeks a new blueprint for power utilities

April 7, 2010 ,,,

By PETER BEHR of ClimateWire AUSTIN, Texas — When they loaded solar panels on their roofs in a new planned community here, Joe Zabreznik, Ashley Fisher and Leila Melhem were not trying to overturn a century-plus of electric utility practices and policies in the United States. No less may be at stake, however, as the Pecan […] Read More »

Pecan Street Project unveils smart grid solutions

April 2, 2010 ,,,

BY KATHERINE GREGOR On March 24, the Pecan Street Project released its recommendations for transforming the delivery of electricity – culminating a year of work. PSP representatives expect the report to influence the rapidly changing field nationally and internationally. “We’re audacious, or maybe arrogant, enough to think we can not just re-create or improve the […] Read More »

Marston & Edgar: Austin’s Pecan Street Project heads directly toward the future

April 1, 2010 ,,,

Sometimes, the best examples to follow are the ones you created yourself. A generation ago, this region’s leaders took an unprecedented approach to economic development. Austin could become the innovation leader in an emerging industry, they decided, by bringing together a research university and the private and public sectors. That approach led to Austin’s successful […] Read More »

Members of Austin’s ‘smart grid’ project roll out recommendations

March 25, 2010 ,,,

The planners of the City of Austin’s smart power grid project have finally released a list of recommendations for implementation. It’s been more than a year since we’ve heard from the Pecan Street Project members, who started collaborating on the grid in 2008. The recommendations in the report released yesterday are the result of research […] Read More »

Austin aiming for a grid makeover

March 25, 2010 ,,,

Austin’s Pecan Street Project goes beyond the concept of a “smart-grid” and could serve as a national model, its backers say. The city of Austin, Tex., today presented a wide-ranging list of recommendations for remaking its electricity system, including more energy efficiency measures and a change to the business model of the local utility. The effort, known […] Read More »