By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street

As 2018 wraps up, we’ve just finished our FY 2017-2018 Annual Report. The past year was one of successes, reflection and transition at Pecan Street, and we’re proud to share with you how we’ve continued — and expanded — the organization’s commitment to world-class energy and water research.

Recent annual reports are available below:
 – FY 2019-2020 Annual Report
 – FY 2018-2019 Annual Report
 – FY 2017-2018 Annual Report

But if you’re looking for a quick recap, we have you covered. Following are some of Pecan Street’s most notable achievements from the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Happy Holidays from the entire Pecan Street team!


Energy Research

  • Developed low-cost solution to remotely diagnose HVAC system performance and causes of failure to improve thermal efficiency.
  • Created and began testing an open standards platform that aggregates residential DER availability and provides remote DER management services.
  • Launched the PLATFORM for Product Launch, which conducts low-cost performance testing and third-party verification for clean-tech start-ups.
  • Released a revolutionary dataset of one-second, appliance-level home energy data.

Water Research

  • Released our high-resolution water dataset to more than 2,500 researchers around the world.
  • Developed low-cost data management solutions for municipal water utilities that can help them better manage limited water supplies and promote the development of best practices across regions.
  • Deployed our custom water monitoring hardware at several Central Texas schools, and within a month, had detected an underground pipe leak that was wasting 400,000 gallons per month.

Transportation Research

Organizational Improvements

  • Secured a $1.1 million award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and two $1 million awards from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Upgraded all of our data management and access procedures to comply with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). 
  • Launched a cybersecurity research program to ensure that new energy technologies enhance grid security.
  • Continued to diversify revenue streams, and increased Pecan Street’s net assets 23%.

About the author: Suzanne Russo

Suzanne Russo

Suzanne Russo is CEO at Pecan Street Inc. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pecan Street conducts groundbreaking data research, product testing and policy analysis that accelerate the development and deployment of innovative climate and conservation solutions.

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