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%.