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Brewster McCracken

Your Solar Panels Aren't Facing The Wrong Way

The study (which I obtained from Pecan Street) specifically says “Over the course of a full year, a south-facing orientation produces more total energy than other orientations.” In addition, Brewster McCracken, the president and CEO of Pecan Street, told me that he did not expect that ...

Austin's Pecan Street Project Brings Big Data Analytics to Energy Use at SXSW

Pecan Street just compiled what is likely the country’s deepest ever research study on consumer energy use, and Brewster McCracken—CEO and president of Pecan Street—gave me a look at the results. You can download the full presentation, but here are the highlights: Power use more than ...

G.M. Tests Smart-Grid Features in Master-Planned Community With Chevy Volt

“Electric vehicles represent a significant addition to a home’s energy profile, and understanding that impact and how consumers use and charge their vehicles is critically important,” Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street, said in a media release. Kara Colt, a ...

Pecan Street project doubles revenue

Pecan Street now claims to have between 12-15 corporate customers, Executive Director Brewster McCracken said Monday. “We’re having success in recently having companies enter our consortium,” he said. “We set out to solve problems for ourselves that turned out were problems in the ...

Playing catch up: Before-you-go-to-the-beach reads

Says Pecan Street's executive director, Brewster McCracken (best name ever? ):"We hope Pecan Street’s research will speed up the innovation cycle around smart grid and consumer electronic technology. Electric vehicles represent a significant addition to home’s energy profile, and ...

To some, meters not such a smart idea

“It's almost like the early days of dial-up modems in the Internet,” said Brewster McCracken, chief executive of Pecan Street, an Austin smart-grid project. Express-News Business Writer Jennifer Hiller contributed to this report...

2012 Chevrolet Volt Becomes Centerpiece of Smart Community

"We hope Pecan Street's research will speed up the innovation cycle around smart grid and consumer electronic technology," said Pecan Street Inc. Executive Director Brewster McCracken, in a statement. "Electric vehicles represent a significant addition to a home's energy profile, and ...

How Smartphones Could Revolutionize the Way We Heat and Cool Our Homes

"Smart grid is almost more of a shorthand term for bringing big data to electricity," says Brewster McCracken, president and CEO of Pecan Street. By applying information technology to the electric grid, so-called ‘smart grid’ initiatives could lower electricity prices, make the system ...

Austin community is front line for testing widespread electric car use

“The electric car is the biggest new use of electricity to show up in people’s home in half a century,” said Brewster McCracken. He is the executive director of Pecan Street Inc., a group that is studying how every day owners used their electric cars. “We’re plugging in cars that have ...

‘Energy rationing’ ≠ a smart grid.

Another friend of mine, Brewster McCracken, who runs the Pecan Street Project in Austin today, has asked in presentations, "Hey, have you heard about the secret plan to kill the smart grid? " The audience suddenly is curious. They’ll say, “No. What’s the plan?” And he’ll tell them: “The ...

Verizon Foundation and Pecan Street Inc. Bring Energy Management Solutions to Underserved Communitie...

"Verizon and Pecan Street share a commitment to using big data and the latest advanced technologies to help residents protect their family finances, be more comfortable in their homes and improve the environment," said Pecan Street CEO Brewster McCracken. "We are very excited to ...

Texas Renewables 2012 Unveils the Unified Energy System

... authors, and thought leaders from businesses, agencies and utilities in the forefront of this new energy paradigm featuring Conference Co-chairman Roger Duncan, former manager of Austin Energy and president of Pecan Street, Inc. along with Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street...

Pecan Street CEO shows us unrivaled new laboratory

The organization is bringing to life “the only testing facility in the United States that can do verification of disaggregation algorithms,” Pecan Street CEO Brewster McCracken told us during a recent visit to the housing development where the lab is situated, in Austin, Texas. Those ...

New Austin lab aims to become leader for clean-energy testing

“Our mission is to accelerate innovation in energy,” said Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street’s CEO. The commercialization lab is the next step. “This is a milestone,” McCracken said. “It’s another step in Pike Power’s vision of a modern technology economy. He’s been out there for a ...

Pecan Street CEO Brewster McCracken to Brief National Research Council on Early Findings of EV Resea...

Press Release • December 17, 2012 Washington, DC – At the request of the National Academies’ National Research Council, Pecan Street Inc. CEO Brewster McCracken will present to the council’s electric vehicle committee in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. McCracken will ...

West-Facing Solar Panels Could Help Utilities

"These findings suggest that rooftop solar systems can produce large summer peak reductions that benefit utilities and customers alike without requiring customers to change their behaviors or sacrifice comfort," lead author and Pecan Street CEO Brewster McCracken said. Before you get up ...

Your Solar Panels Aren't Facing the Wrong Way

The study (which I obtained from Pecan Street) specifically says “Over the course of a full year, a south-facing orientation produces more total energy than other orientations.” In addition, Brewster McCracken, the president and CEO of Pecan Street, told me that he did not expect that ...

Can Low-Income and Multi-Family Households Benefit From Energy Efficiency? : Greentech Media

“We’ve been looking for information gaps,” said Brewster McCracken, CEO of the Pecan Street Project. “There may be some things between the owners and tenants that are of common interest.” Verizon will offer internet access to participants in the four-apartment buildings that have been ...

Making Energy Exciting

Pecan Street’s executive director, Brewster McCracken, JD ’95, MPAff ’95, can look at his iPad and see how much power his microwave, fridge, TV, and A/C are drawing at any moment, all on color-coded graphs. The Texas Advanced Computing Center collects the usage information and analyzes ...

AustinStartup

“At Pecan Street the approach is to get to the data first, then look at the solution,” explained Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street’s director. By having one of the world’s largest concentrations of electric vehicles and more than 400 smart homes, the clean energy non-profit’s perspective ...

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