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Brewster McCracken is Executive Director of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. McCracken was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he was the lead author of Pecan Street’s successful smart grid stimulus application in 2009. He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he served as a board member of Austin Energy, founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee and led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies. Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. About Pecan Street Inc. Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) smart grid research and commercialization consortium. Pecan Street Inc. began operations in 2009 through seed funding from UT's Cockrell School of Engineering. Since then, the organization has provided over $6 million in direct funding to UT researchers and students. The organization is currently carrying out residential research trials through support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and consortium member companies. In December 2011, industry journal Greentech Media ranked Pecan Street’s electric vehicle research trial as the nation’s “top electric vehicle initiative” and Smart Grid News placed Pecan Street first in its ranking of Smart Grid “winners” for 2011. Pecan Street Consortium members are Best Buy, Freescale, Furukawa, Green Mountain Energy, Intel, Landis+Gyr, LG Electronics, Oncor, Oracle, Sony, SunEdison, Texas Gas Service and Whirlpool. Austin Energy also provides significant research support to the consortium and serves as the host utility for much of the consortium's ongoing research. Consortium member companies work with Pecan Street and University of Texas researchers on applied research and integrated consumer field trials. For more information, visit www.pecanstreet.org.