August 26, 2020

COVID Five Months in: A Sustained Increase in Residential Electricity

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street - Pecan Street has been monitoring electricity use and generation from hundreds of homes in our research network for nearly a decade. Many of these homes have rooftop solar and electric vehicles, and we’ve been measuring each home’s total energy use as well as use from individual circuits, like heating/cooling, EV charging, refrigerator, etc. With all this data at our fingertips, we decided to take a look at how our participants’ energy profiles have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 22, 2020

Your Data in Action

Over the past several weeks, our work has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the momentum behind the racial justice and equity movement. As always, our home energy database has been central to the work we've accomplished.

July 15, 2020

Pecan Street CTO Speaks with The Weather Channel About Summer Peak Energy Use and COVID Pandemic

Pecan Street's Chief Technology Officer, Scott Hinson, was interviewed by the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore today about the coincidence of summer peak energy usage and the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 11, 2020

Pecan Street Deepens COVID-19 Home Energy Analysis with Survey of Volunteer Network

We surveyed participants to learn what behavioral changes might be affecting their energy profile under shelter-in-place. Learn more here.

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 is Changing Residential Electricity Demand

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street - As the patterns of our lives shift in response to COVID-19, we decided to take a look at how our research participants’ energy profiles have changed. Not surprisingly, they’re using more energy. But how much, and for what?

April 17, 2020

Concern Over High Residential Utility Bills Due to COVID Sparks Action from Utilities

By Clayton Johnson, Communications Coordinator - The overall decline in energy demand due to COVID-19 shelter in place (SIP) orders has been widely reported in recent weeks. However, Pecan Street’s recent analysis shows that in contrast with the overall trend in declining energy demand, residential demand is up.

April 7, 2020

Greentech Media: The Solar ‘Duck Curve’ Might Look Quite a Bit Different Under Coronavirus

Greentech Media – As the coronavirus pandemic forces people across the country to shelter at home, utilities and grid operators are watching typical energy use patterns change in unpredictable ways, and trying to understand how this will affect their grid operations, power purchasing practices, and long-term plans. Austin, Texas-based Pecan Street Inc. may have some answers. 

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