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Jan 23 2012

Pecan Street’s aim: Create path for consumers into smart grid’s future

Pecan Street Inc., a 3-year-old public-private initiative to make Central Texas an energy technology hub, is preparing to break ground on a $1.5 million, one-of-a-kind lab that will help researchers and companies understand how customers might interact with a “smart” electricity grid of the future. Construction is expected to begin within a few weeks on […]

Jan 20 2012

Austin’s Pecan Street consortium gets $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo has awarded a $25,000 grant to smart grid and clean energy research consortium Pecan Street Inc. Wells Fargo provided more than $150,000 in environmental grants in 2011 to Austin organizations that support research and projects that further clean technology. A research organization based at the University of Texas, Pecan Street is carrying out […]

Jan 19 2012

Simple Energy: The Facebook of Energy Savings?

Saving energy around the home is a pretty lonely task, so why not make a game of it? That’s the idea behind Simple Energy’s software that combines home energy technology and “game mechanics” in a way that’s gotten some San Diego Gas & Electric customers to cut their power bills in half — at least, […]

Dec 05 2011

Pecan Street’s McCracken keeps up drumbeat for clean energy, smart grids

These are interesting times for Brewster McCracken. As executive director of the clean energy research consortium Pecan Street Inc., McCracken is helping drive research into how consumer smart grids and smart grid-enabled systems should interact. It’s quite a change for McCracken, 45, who was a member of the Austin City Council for six years before […]

Dec 02 2011

Innovative Energy Storage Technologies Enabling More Renewable Power

Solar and wind power provide the means for America to strengthen its energy security, create jobs in growing markets, and improve the environment. Thanks to breakthroughs in energy storage systems, including the first grid-tied solar and storage facility, that potential is getting closer to reality. By combining energy storage systems with smart grid technology, utilities […]

Oct 18 2011

Grid Modernization Pilot Projects to Integrate Renewable Energy

The Obama Administration announced on October 5 that it would accelerate the permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines. Project developers expect that the streamlined projects will increase grid capacity and create thousands of jobs in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This move […]

Oct 07 2011

A Texas Smart-Grid Project Advances

One morning this week, several dozen residents of northeast Austin gathered to inspect three plug-in Volt cars. They peered at the electric and gasoline engine components beneath the hood and took turns sitting behind the wheel. “I really hate buying gas,” said Joan Neuberger, a history professor at the University of Texas, who is one […]

Sep 09 2011

Upcoming Events – From Pecan Street Project

A quick note about two smart grid events that will take place in Austin in the next few months. First, our partners at the Austin Technology Incubator and Austin Energy are hosting the Clean Energy Venture Summit September 28-29 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin. Back in 2008, Pecan Street Inc. […]

Aug 08 2011

Why You Should Stop Worrying And Learn To Love The Smart Grid

There was one recent positive survey, but test after test has found that people aren’t so psyched when smart meters arrive in their home. They may not have a choice. There are actually two electrical grids being built in the U.S. right now: the “smarter grid,” which is evolving around today’s outdated infrastructure, and the […]

Aug 05 2011

CenterPoint Showcases Smart Grid Technology for Energy Department

It’s another searing summer day in Spring, but the inside of this model home is cool and comfortable.  That’s despite the body heat of dozens of visitors milling about.  It’s part of a demonstration by CenterPoint Energy of how customers can hold down their air conditioning bills without having to suffer. The house showcases smart […]

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  • "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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