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 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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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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April 30, 2020

Recommendations for Building Regional Cleantech Hubs

Backed by the Department of Energy, Pecan Street and its partners set out in 2017 to demonstrate and validate a new model for dramatically improving the effectiveness of investments in clean energy technologies and accelerating market entry of disruptive technologies. Pecan Street developed the PLATFORM for Product Launch, a program that integrates data-driven market intelligence, […]

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January 30, 2020

A Toolkit for Cleantech Program-Related Investments

What is the incentive for philanthropic institutions and individuals to focus their climate strategies on clean energy technology? How are these investments structured, and what tools are available to help design them? How are foundations leveraging program-related investments (PRIs) as risk capital, and what are the risks involved? Using PRIs to Accelerate Cleantech: A Toolkit […]

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