March 26, 2015

Is This the World’s Most Innovative Neighborhood?

So what’s the point of Pecan Street? The anonymized data is collated by Pecan Street using what it calls, “the world’s preeminent research network of energy and water customers.” This is then analyzed by academics all over the world, giving them a detailed insight into trends in energy usage and how new, innovative technology affects existing infrastructure.

March 13, 2015

Startup Goes Public With Its Energy Disaggregation Results

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.

March 5, 2015

Mueller: Community of the Future

As a solution, Lt. Gen. Eickmann pinpointed Austin’s own Pecan Street Inc., which manages the nation’s largest residential energy research network, calling it the “community of the future.” Eickmann cited Pecan Street’s lessons in microgrid functionality and highlighted how, just like Pecan Street’s home base Mueller neighborhood, a military base is a community.

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don’t

A new study from Pecan Street has found that most solar PV systems only experience minor issues and that solar PV is largely maintenance-free. But the minor issues can often impede power production for days, weeks or even longer. In most cases, the homeowners had no idea there was a problem. “It’s a minor issue. But by not detecting it, it becomes an issue where you’re losing value on your solar panel even though it’s a $5 issue to fix,” said McCracken, CEO of Pecan Street.

November 6, 2014

Hinson in ei magazine: Residential Power Quality

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.

October 13, 2014

How California is incentivizing solar to beat the peak

South-facing systems produce more solar, but west-facing panels may produce more valuable solar to the grid. By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, October 13, 2014 The California Energy Commission wants to turn rooftop solar in a whole new direction. Discovering where and when west-facing rooftop solar has a value proposition as good or better than traditional south-facing […]

October 5, 2014

Pecan Street participants featured in EDF Clean Energy Campaign

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Our friends at EDF recently launched a new clean energy page featuring a great video of many of our research participants. Check out the video below and the rest of EDF’s great clean energy work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPMRruyt9UY”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

September 18, 2014

Smart grid project moves closer toward implementation

Press Release: Issued by Village of Oak Park, IL on September 18, 2014 (Oak Park, IL – September 18, 2014) — A project to demonstrate the potential cost savings of electric smart grid technologies in Oak Park took a step closer to implementation Monday, as the Village Board confirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability by […]

July 24, 2014

News

Time Mag: Tracking Carbon Footprints and Saving Money

By RANDY W. STEARNS June 26, 2014 Walk around the Austin Mueller neighborhood in Texas’s capital city and you’ll see a modern planned, green community with homes that sport solar panels and garages that shelter electric cars. But the most important innovation in these homes can’t be seen by the casual observer. It is the […]

July 3, 2014

Smart Grid Project Saves Money and Energy in Texas

Using smart grid technologies, the project provides 1,000 residences, 25 small commercial properties and three public schools energy data in real-time. Customers can now set and track utility bill budgets, use software to manage the electricity use of individual appliances, and even sell energy back to the grid when they are using less than they produce. By integrating smart meters, solar panels, electric vehicles and energy storage capabilities, the project is already seeing the benefits of smart grid integration and providing customers with control over their electric usage.