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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

GCN.com – 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 […]

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 […]

June 15, 2018

Blog Post

New York and California Participation Agreement

Following is a participant agreement for the Pecan Street’s current volunteer recruitment in New York and California. By completing and submitting this form, you are […]

March 29, 2018

Press Release

Pecan Street Releases Powerful Residential Electricity Dataset with Potential to Revolutionize Electricity Management

(AUSTIN, TX – March 29, 2018) — Pecan Street Inc. has released a groundbreaking dataset containing one year of one-second interval consumer electricity data collected […]

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.

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 15, 2017

News

Attention startups! Apply to be part of Pecan Street’s PLATFORM for Product Launch

Start-ups with a clean energy hardware innovation targeted at the residential or small commercial sectors and who have a functioning prototype can learn more and apply here.

December 13, 2017

News

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.

July 19, 2017

News

Pecan Street Opens Student Research Competition

Pecan Street is hosting its second student research competition. Awards totaling $10,000 will be made to students that develop the most impactful research using Pecan Street’s unique dataset to answer a question of critical importance to industry.

March 29, 2017

News

Energy Research Organization Testing New Waters

Pecan Street uses a smart-grid system, an electricity supply network that uses newly developed technologies, to detect and communicate changes in the use of electricity, gas and, most recently, water. Pecan Street provides researchers and organizations energy use data to manage electricity demand and encourage sustainable practices.

March 1, 2017

News

UT Inventor John Goodenough on Verge of Another Revolution in Battery Tech

More generally, the new battery could also help on the business side, for instance by enhancing the range of trucks. “It’s a plus across the board,” said Scott Hinson, the director of engineering for Pecan Street Inc., an Austin-based consortium trying to introduce new water-and-energy-use technologies into everyday life.

November 7, 2016

News

Home Is Where the Smart Is: First-of-its-Kind Study Reveals Importance of Smart Technology and Low-Water Clean Energy

November 1, 2016 by Kate Zerrenner, EDF, and Dustin McCartney, Senior Data Analyst, Pecan Street Originally published on EDF’s Texas Clean Air Matters blog. Have you ever thought about […]

October 3, 2016

News

Solar Power On Brink Of Huge Boom, Social Research Indicates

Solar power stands at the precipice of explosive growth, according to Brewster McCracken, CEO of Pecan Street, a research institute located in Austin, Texas, that focuses on the utility industry.

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