• Jun 25, 2012
A few miles outside of Austin, TX you'll find Pecan Street Inc's Mueller smart grid demonstration project, a collaborative research initiative from The University of Texas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Environmental Defense Fund. Here, residents are testing various forms of integrated clean energy solutions and electric vehicles are a big part of this pioneering community.


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      • 4 Days Ago
      As an educator I think it it great that educators and the schools are realizing that we have to raise young people who see it as their mission to solve the problems facing the planet such as sustainabity to say nothing of world poverty, and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons. Do we define humanity as being able to change it's own destiny or not? Is life dignified and possessing that potential? I believe so. It will take time but the time has come that we have to take responsibility for our planet;s future and stop being so self satisfied with our materialistic life style. Quality of life rather than quantity has to become our new definition of happiness. .
      mrsvmd
      • 4 Days Ago
      Sounds and looks great! Something to consider in other states.
      eulerckt
      • 4 Days Ago
      Something doesn't quite add up. August electric bill only $30? Solar panels DO NOT generate enough power to run all the goodies 'Corky' claimed. Texas utilities have a minimum monthly electric charge. If I shut off the electricity coming into my house alltogether. My bill will be just over $48.
        JJ
        • 4 Days Ago
        @eulerckt
        Yes it can. Utility Companies, just like Oil companies do NOT want it getting out that are much better and cheaper ways to generate energy because they know it will cut into their profits. And They simply cant and wont allow that.
        brun4life84
        • 4 Days Ago
        @eulerckt
        They easily can. Many people with mansions usually get a check from the electrical company cause they are producing more energy than using.
      katie
      • 4 Days Ago
      Solyndra Version 2?
      • 4 Days Ago
      wonder how insane the price tag is to live there!
      • 4 Days Ago
      Okay, first this is not located "outside" of Austin, but is well within the corporate limits and about 2-3 straight-line miles from the city center where the State Capitol, UT-Austin main campus, and the CBD are located in close proximity adjacent to each other. Secondly, it's an experiment, and perhaps an overly ambitious and very expensive one in the short-term. The conceptual plan established for redevelopment of the former airport is deeply embedded with design principles of smart growth and environmental friendliness which, while embodying state-of-the-art current and leading edge technology, have attempted to meld those together with a more traditional (circa late 19th or early 20th century) transit-oriented development neighborhood pattern combined with commercial retail and institutional functions in modified "big box" styles more amenable to the overall themes. It's definitely a work in progress, not only because market financial conditions don't allow instantaneous construction but also because there is no direct service to the interior of the site by any form of mass rapid transit (and likely won't be for some time). Since the previous aviation facility had a complete clear space for safety reasons, there are also no large trees to provide a canopy of shade for pedestrian activity (those which have been planted will require time to grow), and to say that the Spring-to-Autumn conditions in Central Texas have been pretty brutal the last few years is something of a gross understatement. Given the overall growth in the Austin region and the central city's penchant for attracting a younger, more hip and urban population, the long-term success is perhaps not in question. It will, however, require a lot more time and serious investment $$$ for support infrastructure to achieve that outcome, and the latest conceptual proposals for an "urban rail" system to link the Mueller site and the city core (and perhaps the replacement airport eventually) can rightly be challenged on the basis of high capital cost and limited service potential for benefit to the larger metropolitan area.
      victor.laslow
      • 4 Days Ago
      How marvelous! A community that is subsidized by a "green" corporation. What happens when the subsidies run out? All of a sudden it becomes prohibitively expensive to live there.
      Hi Patty
      • 4 Days Ago
      National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Environmental Defense Fund can you come to my neighborhood or maybe my street? I'm looking forward to seeing you.....soon!
      • 4 Days Ago
      this is what the goverment and the big corporations "dont"want us to have!
      • 4 Days Ago
      Does not tell us how much the home's cost..
      rhuntsbe
      • 4 Days Ago
      Who paid for this?
      • 4 Days Ago
      I'll stay where I am with my 65 dollar electric bill with my next door neighbor 1/4 mile away
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