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Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

Impacts

Pecan Street is among the leading sustainable energy resource integration initiatives in the U.S. Key players include are the City of Austin, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and The University of Texas at Austin (20 plus faculty and staff), and corporate partners. Having the IGERT program as an integral part of Pecan Street will provide a unique experience for the Fellows. Project results will be applicable to power systems throughout the U.S. and will have a significant economic, environmental, and technical impact on issues affecting the power grid. Students will benefit from a curriculum that includes new courses and from the interdisciplinary exposure to many different fields. Outreach to the community and to underrepresented groups in K-12 will be facilitated by UTeachEngineering and creation of new educational materials for high school engineering courses.