With the “BluCube” developed by Pecan Street, there’s no need to change out the whole meter. Instead, a new register, with a plug for a transmitter that would send signals to the cube in the customer’s home, is placed on top of the existing meter body. And Pecan Street is working on an even simpler solution: a ring that could fit around any register and links up to a transmitter.
Pecan Street’s Haskell noted that large-scale industrial and commercial power users have been using energy data for diagnostic and analysis uses for years. “The kind of work we’re doing is really focused at lowering the hurdle for people to utilize this capability to the point where a mobile app can use this data to save you money in your house, without you having to do much of anything,” he said.
As utilities across the country experience an increase in densities of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) installation and electric vehicles (EVs), as well as shifting consumption profiles, an important question emerges: What is the impact of the modern home on overall grid control and stability? Pecan Street has an answer.
In this week’s podcast, we’ll talk with Brewster McCracken, the CEO of Pecan Street Inc., about the organization’s analysis of consumer energy use, utility efficiency programs and electric vehicle charging.
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.