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November 7, 2018

Blog Post

Pecan Street ready to help achieve Austin’s One Water Commitment

By Fisayo Fadelu, CFO and general counsel, Pecan Street

This summer, Pecan Street joined a City of Austin delegation in the Twin Cities at the One Water Summit, a national conference focused on water management and planning.

October 29, 2018

Blog Post

Power factor – a little known feature of a reliable grid

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street

Power factor is a measurement distribution engineers use to figure out how difficult it is to provide power to whatever we plug in. Every device that pulls electricity from the grid, from a small phone charger to large industrial loads, has a power factor that can be measured.

Exactly what is power factor (or PF)? The easiest way to understand it is to see it.

October 4, 2018

Blog Post

Big data, anyone? Pecan Street hits petabyte territory.

By Grant Fisher, chief information officer, Pecan Street

We can say we collect 10 million records per-day, per-house. Or, we can say the database is many terabytes large. Or that we have the world’s largest collection of energy, water, and gas data for use by academic researchers. However, it isn’t until recently that I think Pecan Street has crossed into the “Big Data” realm.

October 2, 2018

Blog Post

A drone (and photographer) visits Pecan Street research families

By Rachel Jenkins, director of operations, Pecan Street

Thanks to our friends at Environmental Defense Fund, we spent some time last week shooting new photos of two research families and flying a drone to get some cool footage of all the solar panels around the Mueller neighborhood. Look at all those solar panels!

September 24, 2018

Blog Post

Pecan Street’s high-resolution data is unlocking grid mysteries

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street

Clean electricity is booming. Last year in California, solar power plants generated nearly 12% of the state’s total electricity production and distributed solar likely produced another 5%. Texas got 18% of its electricity from wind and solar. In many markets, unsubsidized clean energy costs the same or less than conventional fossil-fuel powered plants. And the cost of clean, renewable electricity continues to fall.

September 21, 2018

Blog Post

Better late than never, right?

By Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street

You know those friends you haven’t seen in a while…the ones that you KNOW have been busy trying to change the world, but haven’t bothered blogging about it? That’s us.

September 20, 2018

Blog Post

Home energy research opportunity for Ithaca area residents

Thanks to a consortium of funders led by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Pecan Street is expanding its home energy research network to California’s Bay […]

August 9, 2018

News – Can electricity use predict a bad morning commute?

Why are some morning commutes so much worse than others? New research shows that nighttime and early-morning energy use can be a good predictor of morning traffic congestion.  Sean Qian, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and Ph.D. student Pinchao Zhang created a model that mined data on electricity consumption from 322 homes in Austin, Texas, and used artificial intelligence to predict what traffic would look like the next morning.

August 1, 2018

Press Release

Pecan Street Inc. Brings Energy Research to Upstate New York and California’s Bay Area

(AUSTIN, TX – August 1, 2018) – A $1.1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will allow Pecan Street Inc. to expand its […]

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 […]

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