The board of directors of the Austin clean energy non-profit Pecan Street Project (PSP) voted unanimously to hire former Council Member Brewster McCracken as the group’s executive director.  The Pecan Street Project recently won a $10.4 million grant from the federal Department of Energy to start up a smart grid at the Mueller development in Austin, Texas.  McCracken wrote the grant application for those funds.   

McCracken said, “ We have a lot of work to do with the DOE on our work plan for our federal grant and that’s what everybody has been doing who’s working on the Pecan Street Project team since Nov. 24,” the day the grant was awarded.  PSP explains its mission: “We will establish the City of Austin as America’s clean energy laboratory. We will design and implement an energy generation and management system that generates a power plant’s worth of power from clean sources within the city limits and delivers it over an advanced delivery system that allows for unprecedented customer energy management and conservation.”

In addition to the City of Austin and Austin Energy, the project’s founding partners include Austin Technology Incubator, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas. Representatives of these organizations sit on the board of directors. Corporate partners include Applied Materials, Cisco, Dell, Freescale, GE, GridPoint, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and SEMATECH.