Researchers in this center seek to understand the impact of merging information technologies with the electric grid. Integration of these technologies creates a smarter grid providing opportunities for the energy industry to improve its reliability and efficiency. Projects undertaken include exploring the following:
- Factors influencing the adoption of smart grid technologies by electrical utilities,
- Smart meter data privacy and consumer concerns and practices
- Electricity usage data from over 1,200 households. This big data project uses meter readings collected from the Pecan Street Institute in Austin. TX.