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The Pecan Street Project

Brewster McCracken

Brewster McCracken

Executive Director

Pecan Street Project, Inc.

Brewster McCracken is Executive Director of Pecan Street Project Inc., a clean energy/smart grid collaboration headquartered at the University of Texas. In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pecan Street is developing and implementing smart grid and clean energy technologies and business models. Board members of Pecan Street include representatives from the University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Greater Austin Chamber and the City of Austin. The organization also has a technology review and advisory committee that advises it, NREL and the University of Texas. Members include ERCOT, Bluebonnet Electric Coop, CPS Energy and Pedernales Electric Coop. Mr. McCracken was the lead author of Pecan Street’s successful federal stimulus application. Pecan Street’s stimulus project, funded under the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Demonstration Project fund, is developing an advanced Energy Internet at the 711-acre Mueller mixed-use development in Austin. Brewster was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council (elected at large), and he served as the Council’s Mayor Pro Tem. Through his elected position, he also served as a board member for Austin Energy, the nation’s fourth largest municipally owned utility. In 2008, he led the creation of the Pecan Street Project. In 2007, he made Austin Energy the first utility in the nation to open its grid for emerging clean energy companies to beta test their technologies. Brewster first became interested in clean energy at the age of 14, when he built a solar water heater in his parent’s garage and entered it in the Corpus Christi Alternative Energy Fair. Corpus Christi never held another alternative energy fair, but Brewster carried his passion for clean energy throughout his career and to the Austin City Council. A native of Corpus Christi, Brewster grew up surfing and playing guitar and baseball. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School. The Writers’ League of Texas selected his first novel as a finalist in its annual manuscript competition. Brewster is married to Sarah McCracken. Sarah is the Programs Manager at the LBJ Library. Brewster’s 6-year-old son Ford was born on Texas Independence Day.
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