• Jun 25th 2012 at 9:00AM
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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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      mrsvmd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds and looks great! Something to consider in other states.
      eulerckt
      • 3 Years 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
        • 3 Years 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
        • 3 Years 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
      • 3 Years Ago
      Solyndra Version 2?
      Hi Patty
      • 3 Years 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!
      judybkcd
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is useless for me, I drive all up and down the East Coast, plus up to Canada.
      taragowski
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do the math . Americans fighting and dying tp keep the oil fields of the mideast open , or clean energy . Hope there is a future in this .
        • 3 Years Ago
        @taragowski
        There was either an article or a comment (can't remember which) that talked about "outsourcing" walking the lines to look out for IED's. Now I know this probably isn't very Christian of me to say, but that's the kind of outsourcing we really need to be doing. And what about those robot dogs that can sniff out bombs etc. Why not send in the drones and robots to look for the bombs. Then maybe the U.S. could focus more attention on finding better energy sources here at home. We have lots of our own natural gas/oil. Why aren't we using it? But I have to agree with you. The politicians have too much money invested in the oil from the middle east. You should check out the DVD "Who Killed the Electric Car?". It tells about the expense that went into killing the first electric cars.
      Greer
      • 3 Years Ago
      We are slowly but surely losing our freedoms in this country, and Lib aberrations like Austin are the birthplace of such loses. This is a terrible idea. If I want to use as a much gas, energy, water and electricity as I can afford, thats my right, not someone else's to tell me how to live...thats just un-American. Libs are stealing our freedoms in the name of ecology and plotical correctness, wake up people!
      Karine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy could we use this righ there in Tucson AZ ... The heat and utility bills are killing us ... Plus all the crazy building ruined our monsoon season .. The heat prevents for the rains to hit this town ... I can imagine that the oil compnaies would be fighting this project tooth and nails ....
      • 3 Years 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
      • 3 Years 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.
      rhuntsbe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who paid for this?
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is what the goverment and the big corporations "dont"want us to have!
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