CCET: An Overview
In the Fall of 2005 many of the largest electric utilities, technology companies, and educational institutions in Texas recognized the opportunity to work together to help make Texas and the ERCOT electric market a national leader in technological and market innovation. Beginning with four Texas founding companies--AEP Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Freescale Semiconductor, and TXU Energy (now Oncor) - membership today include utilities that own or operate transmission and/or distribution facilities in Texas, retail electric providers, high technology companies, research and development companies that are invested in the commercialization, research, and development of new electric technologies.
Events and Contest
CCET/IEEE Region 5 Annual Student Design Contest
CCET sponsors an Annual Student Design Contest in cooperation with IEEE Region 5. The design challenge represents desired solutions to industry defined real world problems. Thus, the students have the satisfaction of knowing that they are working on a solution to problem faced by the electric utilities and/or green technology industry.
April 19, 2013 --CCET is launching our Sixth Annual Student Design Competition with IEEE Region 5. This year the students are to design a collaborative system of three appliances (HVAC, clothes dryer and refrigerator) and a conceptual smart grid electric (watt) meter and a smart interface to a wind energy system.
Texas is fortunate to be home to a wealth of energy and technology expertise - an advantage that is the focus of CCET
CCET has embarked on a number of projects to serve the purposes of the organization and has an ongoing process in place to develop still other projects, all of which are intended to produce innovation in the transmission, distribution, and use of electric energy, the benefits of which will be spread to all sectors of the Texas economy.
Discovery Across Texas
Identifying Wind and Energy Solutions Today to Ensure Grid Reliability, Efficiencies for Tomorrow
U.S. Department of Energy ARRA Smart Grid Demonstration Project — Its goal is to improve the ability to reliably mange the ERCOT grid through better system monitoring capabilities, enhanced operator visualization, and improved load management. The project is focused on technologies to enchance wind resource integration in the ERCOT market.
AUSTIN, Texas - March 19, 2013 -- Some of the Austin homeowners participating in Pecan Street Inc.'s groundbreaking consumer energy research are about to embark on yet another first: the nation's first side-by-side research trial of the comparative impact and benefits of new pricing models and other tools for shifting electricity use away from periods where the electric grid is strained.
This new field trial holds enormous promise to create innovative customer benefits, improve air quality and make electric system reliability even better, said Pecan Street Inc. CEO Brewster McCracken.
Our ability to work with Pecan Street and Frontier Associates to carry out this one-of-a-kind research trial speaks to the energy expertise concentrated in Texas and the unique research capabilities developed by Pecan Street, said CCET's President and COO, Milton Holloway.
AUSTIN, Texas and SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 19, 2013 -- Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power, a privately held Austin, TX company, today announced that they have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1MW/1MWh Lithium Ion based Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) system at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas as part of a Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP). The $27 million demonstration project jointly funded by CCET partners and the US Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 managed by CCET. The SGDP is known as Discovery Across Texas, Technology Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT. BESS will be owned and operated by South Plains Electric Cooperative (SPEC) as one of several project technologies to serve the SGDP objectives of wind integration.
Texas Triangle Project
Interlinking travel corridors between the five largest cities in Texas
U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Initiative - The Texas Triangle Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan was a collaboration between: Plug-in Texas; Frontier Associates; Southwestern Economics; ECOtality North America; Dave Tuttle Consulting; Southwest Research Institute; Texas River Cities; Clean Cities coalitions and Technical Advisory Committee comprised of CCET member companies, electric vehicle charging companies, electric vehicle manufacturers, and city officials.
The geographic scope of this Plan is primarily the triangle created by Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio linked by Interstates 45, 10, and 35, and including the City of Austin. The topical focus of this Plan is recommending actions at the State and local level to reduce barriers to PEV market penetration - particularly in the small and mid-size cities outside of the large metro areas.
CCET Public Board Meeting
CCET's 2nd QTR 2013 Public Board Meeting was hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric in San Diego, CA. National Instruments will be hosting the 3rd QTR Public Board Meeting at NIWeek 2013 on August 6th, 2013.