Research & Initiatives:
Pecan Street Project
UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at the Mueller site in Austin, important sustainability issues are being addressed including: (1) how the combination of demand response, distributed generation, load management, storage, energy efficient building design, and efficient management of the distribution system impacts demand for power from the grid, (2) how the combination of more efficient management of water usage through grid intelligence and smart appliances, reclaimed water irrigation, and native landscapes impacts water usage, energy usage and carbon impacts of moving and treating water, and (3) determining how real world users respond to smart energy and water grids and how rewarding customers who modify energy usage to reduce environmental impacts helps to clean up the air during ozone episodes, for instance, or conserves water during a drought.
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