Pecan Street publishes a variety of material related to our work, including reports, white papers, case studies and more.

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Cooling a Warming Planet: What Homes in Texas and New York Can Teach Us About Cooling Demand Around the Globe
White paper – Pecan Street draws on our network of volunteer research participants to examine cooling loads in different parts of the United States. Our data shows 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 several decades.

Untapped in Texas: 
How Solar, EVs and Demand Response Could Fortify the Grid
White paper – Using energy data collected from Pecan Street’s network of connected homes in Austin during Texas’ historic 2021 winter storm, this paper demonstrates that we already have the technology to control demand and better protect families from electricity crises.

Financing the Transition to Regenerative Agriculture and Beyond
White paper – This landscape analysis examines how traditional agricultural funding resources can adapt to support innovative agricultural practices and inventories key players that are leading the way.

A Roadmap for Soil Organic Carbon Measurement and Verification
White paper – This R&D roadmap summarizes key learnings of Pecan Street’s Digital Dirt program and includes specific recommendations of an interdisciplinary, multi-institution AI for Soil Carbon Monitoring and Verification Working Group.

Lessons from Pecan Street’s Electric Last Mile Project
Case study – Conducted in partnership with Austin’s Capital Metro transit agency, Pecan Street’s Electric Last Mile (ELM) project sought to understand the environmental benefits of using small, electric shuttles for first-mile, last-mile, and local transit connections.

Distributed Energy Toolkit for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Toolkit – Pecan Street developed this toolkit to support HBCUs across the United States evaluate and participate in clean energy markets.

Using Big Data to Maximize Microgrid Performance, Improve Resilience and Increase Clean Energy
White paper – 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 microgrid designers plan successful projects.

Addressing an Electrification Roadblock: Residential Electric Panel Capacity
White paper – By incentivizing electric service panel upgrades for existing homes and requiring larger capacity panels for new construction, we can clear the path for full residential electrification.

Course Correction: Residential Power Factor
White paper – To demonstrate the challenges and opportunities associated with power factor, we used Pecan Street’s home energy use and PV data to explore the grid impacts of poor residential power factor and the system benefits of power factor correction.

Sparking EV America
White paper – This paper outlines the core strategies that could turn President Biden’s EV charging agenda into a game-changer for American transportation.

The Race and Energy Nexus
White paper – This paper outlines three key areas where race and energy intersect.

Charging Smart: Analysis & Recommendations for Next Generation Home EV Charging
White paper – This research highlights the potential grid and utility cost impacts for increased at-home high-capacity EV charging, and makes policy recommendations for the deployment of smart charging technologies.

CCET Electric Vehicle Charge Management
Case study – The research provides critical insights into consumer behavior, EV charging optimization opportunities, and opportunities to knit together the seams of smart grids and smart homes through simple utility programs and procedures.

Understanding Energy Data Privacy and Behavior
Report – 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.

Using Behind-the-Meter Storage to Reduce 4CP Load
White paper – summarizes the benefits of having behind-the-meter (BTM) assets that can aid in decreasing a utility’s net transmission load through 4 Coincident Peaks (4CP) events.

Technology Roadblocks to the Clean Energy Future
White paper – examines four roadblocks that are holding back innovation and adoption of cleantech products, services and systems

Vehicle to Grid Technology and Energy Storage
Case study – details the installation of Texas’ first V2G equipment at Pecan Street’s lab in Austin and how it was integrated into Austin Energy’s Austin SHINES project

Recommendations for Building Regional Cleantech Hubs
White paper – proposes recommendations for building regional cleantech hubs and lessons learned from Pecan Street’s PLATFORM for Product Launch

A Toolkit for Cleantech Program-Related Investments
White paper – provides a 5-step toolkit for foundations to move the dial on climate change using PRIs

Exploiting the Energy-Water Nexus to Reduce Emissions and Conserve Water
White paper – estimates the climate emissions potential of residential electricity and water conservation and identifies the household energy uses with the highest water intensity and the water uses with the highest energy intensity.

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

Pecan Street’s Final Technology Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Energy
Report – the final technology report to the Department of Energy examining Pecan Street’s founding smart grid demonstration project. The report was presented in February 2015.