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USA: Pecan Street: A path to smart grid’s future

Pecan Street is where the smart grid is being built. Located in Texas, three miles from downtown Austin, the Pecan Street Demonstration Project is an impressive test ground for smart homes, energy management and consumer electronics.

Initially launched at the University of Texas, the project began in earnest in February 2011 by enlisting a number of noteworthy private partnerships with companies including Best Buy, Check-It, Chevrolet, Freescale, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Sony, SunEdison and Whirlpool.

Each company has a stake in developing and testing next-generation technology and figuring out new business models for advanced energy management systems.

The 700-acre project is built on the site of an old municipal airport, supported by a $10.4 million Department of Energy grant and another $14 million from private partners.


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