November 27, 2023

Home Load Control: Extending Smaller Electric Panels as Electrification Expands

  For this report, we explored the impact of increased electrification on homes with smaller electric panels (100A). We examined second-by-second data from our research network in over 400 homes over the last three years. We scanned more than 12.6 billion data points and analyzed all main breaker loads that exceeded 20kW – a level […]

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July 10, 2023

Smart Cooling: Leveraging Technology and Behavior to Stay Cool and Reduce Energy Demand

  The COVID-19 pandemic altered daily life around the world, including changes in how people live, work, and consume energy. As people spent more time at home, Pecan Street found several opportunities to examine home energy trends and conservation opportunities. Energy used for heating and cooling homes (heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC) is […]

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January 25, 2023

Heat Pump Primer: Understanding the Technology That Will Drive Decades of Residential Decarbonization

  Residential heat pump installations are poised to rapidly accelerate over the next decade as part of the effort to electrify homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As of 2020, only 14% of America’s 124 million housing units used heat pumps for space heating. To help households make sense of this technology and understand system […]

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May 1, 2022

Cooling a Warming Planet:  What Homes in Texas and New York Can Teach Us About Cooling Demand Around the Globe

  Pecan Street draws on our network of volunteer research participants to examine cooling loads in different parts of the United States. Our data show that cooling loads differ based on location, building characteristics, cooling systems, and human behavior. Understanding how these factors interact will be crucial to managing cooling load growth over the next […]

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February 1, 2022

Untapped in Texas: 
How Solar, EVs and Demand Response Could Fortify the Grid

  Texans will never forget February 2021. Winter Storm Uri crippled the state’s natural gas supply and sparked a cascading failure of our electricity system. More than 4 million homes and businesses lost power, many of them for days. More than 700 people died. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimated the electricity crisis cost […]

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November 30, 2021

Understanding Energy Data Privacy and Behavior

Authored by Dr. Vedran Lesic for Pecan Street Inc. This report seeks to gain understanding of individuals’ perceptions of how high-resolution energy data contributes to the formation of their identity and an understanding of household perspectives on the importance of protecting the privacy of energy data. The report explores the rapidly evolving landscape of how […]

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November 17, 2021

Behind The Meter Storage and 4CP in Texas

This paper summarizes the benefits of behind-the-meter (BTM) assets that can decrease a utility’s net transmission cost through 4 Coincident Peaks (4CP) reduction. The report highlights the lessons learned for the management and control of residential energy storage systems (ESSs). The data shown here is extracted directly from assets installed by Pecan Street Inc. in […]

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November 1, 2021

Using Big Data to Maximize Microgrid Performance

The concept of microgrids is simple. Designing a microgrid to meet a variety of potential goals and to deliver power during emergencies is more complicated. Based on Pecan Street’s analysis of the high-resolution data from our research network, this paper examines how high-frequency circuit-level electricity data produced by Pecan Street’s residential energy network can help […]

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September 1, 2021

Distributed Energy Toolkit for Historically Black Colleges & Universities

  Microgrids powered by clean, distributed energy resources (DERs) that supply continuous power during grid outages, can increase grid resiliency and security, and provide economic and environmental benefits to HBCUs by allowing participation in utility savings programs that reduce overall energy use and dependence on fossil fuel energy resources. Pecan Street developed this toolkit to […]

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August 1, 2021

Sparking EV America: Turning President Biden’s EV Charging Agenda into a Generational 
Transformation of American Transportation

  President Biden’s focus on charging infrastructure is a historic confluence of environmental, climate, economic and infrastructure policy. The funding that could come with it could not only speed up customer adoption of electric vehicles, but provide a more strategic, efficient, and equitable investment in charging infrastructure than private companies have provided so far. This […]

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