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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April 30, 2021

Charging Smart: Analysis & Recommendations for Next Generation Home EV Charging

A quintessential piece of American identity is undergoing a rapid and much-needed transformation – the automobile industry is electrifying. Major vehicle manufacturers are committing to electrify their entire fleets in the coming years, and not a moment too soon. The transportation sector has surpassed the energy sector as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, […]

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October 9, 2020

Technology Roadblocks to the Clean Energy Future

The clean energy future we’ve been promised is taking a long time to arrive. What’s standing in its way? Pecan Street examines four roadblocks that are holding back innovation and adoption of cleantech products, services and systems. The paper examines: The Lack of High-Fidelity, Widespread, Accessible Energy Data The Lack of Interoperability How Clean Energy […]

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February 2, 2020

Exploiting the Energy-Water Nexus to Reduce Emissions and Conserve Water

Fossil fuel power plants boil massive amounts of water into steam, which spins turbines and generates electricity. Water utilities use a lot of electricity to source, treat and distribute water. The conservation opportunity of this energy-water nexus is fairly obvious: use less of one and you use less of the other. Translating that relationship into […]

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September 23, 2019

Electric Texas: Emission and Grid Impacts of All-Electric Residential Heating

This paper examines the possibility of converting all residential heating in the ERCOT service area to electric. The switch could achieve significant reductions in climate and local air pollution as well as save Texans money through lower monthly utility bills. This whitepaper is based on a technical analysis conducted by IdeaSmiths. To download the whitepaper, please […]

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