TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

Pecan Street Project Joins TexasIsHot Coalition

Joint effort aims to transform the way Texans view their energy use, and make Texas a model for energy conservation and innovation.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Pecan Street Project Inc. has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition to empower Texas business and residential consumers to use and think about energy in a new way.

“Texas’ energy challenges require resolve, imagination and, most of all, collaboration,” said Pecan Street Project executive director Brewster McCracken. “By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products and services that will transform our state’s energy system.”

Launched in December 2009, the Pecan Street Project is working with the University of Texas, Environmental Defense Fund, the Department of Energy, CAPGOC, the City of Austin, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Austin Energy to redesign the energy system. Backed by a $10.4 million Smart Grid grant from the Department of Energy, the Project will work with 1,000 residential and 75 commercial volunteers in Austin’s Mueller neighborhood to test renewable energy technologies, energy management solutions and new utility business models. The five-year demonstration will include new billing systems, smart appliances, household connections for plug-in hybrid vehicles, landscaping techniques and solar power installations. The goal is to create a successful clean energy community that cities across Texas and around the country can emulate.

The TexasIsHot Coalition has one mission – to promote the benefits of increased energy efficiency in Texas. In addition to community outreach and regular e-mail newsletters, the Coalition includes a comprehensive Web site – www.TexasIsHot.org – that includes the latest news concerning energy efficiency, quick and easy tips, and interactive tools for consumers to analyze personal energy use and better understand the financial benefits of conservation. Since its launch in March 2009, TexasIsHot has aggressively increased its partnerships, Web site traffic and newsletter membership.

“We are excited to have the Pecan Street Project join TexasIsHot,” said John King, a TexasIsHot Coalition spokesman. “The Pecan Street Project’s innovative approach and leadership in the area of energy use is a perfect fit with our mission. Together we hope to not only transform the way Texans view their energy use, but to make Texas a model state for energy conservation and innovation.”

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  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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