July 12, 2018

Tech Documentation

Restarting Homeplug

Your eGauge energy data collection system reports data back to Pecan Street’s servers using Power Line Communication (PLC), where the data collected by the eGauge is transmitted through your power lines to a device called the Homeplug. The Homeplug retrieves that data from the wall outlet and sends it to your router/modem via ethernet cable, […]

July 11, 2018

Tech Documentation

Installing and Connecting BluCube

Follow the directions below to install and connect a new BluCube. This also may be necessary if you change your home WiFi equipment, network name or password. You will need to have your home’s WiFi password handy before beginning this process. Please contact us at participate@pecanstreet.org if you have questions about the setup or troubleshooting […]

March 2, 2018

Press Release

Pecan Street Inc. Names Suzanne Russo CEO

The board of directors of Austin-based research organization Pecan Street Inc. has named Suzanne Russo chief executive officer effective March 1. Russo joined Pecan Street in 2010 and has served in several roles, including chief of staff and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Pecan Street, she led the development of green building and sustainable retrofit standards for the New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and earned her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

January 8, 2018

Press Release

Press Release: Pecan Street PLATFORM Provides Testing, Validation and Market Entry Support for Energy Tech Startups

Texas-based Pecan Street Inc. is now accepting applications from energy technology startups for its new PLATFORM program. Designed to leverage Pecan Street’s groundbreaking research on residential and small business electricity and water use, PLATFORM integrates data-driven market intelligence, product development and validation, rapid prototyping, and collaboration with venture funding and energy industry executives.

December 13, 2017


EDF Uses Pecan Street Data to Show Solar and EVs Cut Emissions and Water Use

Research conducted by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that homes with residential solar and electric vehicles generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use less water than homes powered solely by the grid. The research used data from homes in Austin participating in Pecan Street’s energy research.

September 19, 2016


Pecan Street releases residential electric disaggregation training kit

Pecan Street has developed a residential electric use disaggregation algorithm training kit, previously available only to members of its university consortium and clients of its algorithm evaluation service, that is now publicly available. This unique kit includes a 15-minute whole home dataset and 1-minute interval circuit-level dataset for packages of 10 to 100 homes in Austin […]

March 8, 2016


Insights from Pecan Street’s residential water use research

For the past year, Pecan Street has been working with volunteer participants to carry out data-intensive research on how households use water and to better understand the water demands of day-to-day activities. You can download a PDF of a recent presentation of initial findings.

October 26, 2015

University Municipal Water Consortium Bi-Annual Conference Agenda

  Agenda University Municipal Water Consortium Bi-Annual Conference   Sponsored by The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation   October 14, 2015 4:00 – 6 pm Pecan Street’s Technology Showcase Pike Powers Lab and Center for Commercialization 3924 Berkman Dr Austin, TX 78723 October 15, 2015 UMWC Conference at University of Texas at Austin The University of […]

October 5, 2015


Could smart water meters one day be the norm in Austin?

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.