Continuing the theme of “smart cities” at SXSWeco, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk to some folks actually working to bring clean technology companies together in a city to make a smarter city and economy work. Jose Beciero is the Director of Clean Energy for The Austin Chamber of Commerce. Among his responsibilities are encouraging more diversity in the Austin technology sector by developing new clean technology startups in central Texas as well as to recruit companies to relocate to the area.
Despite Texas’ reputation as an old-school oil & gas economy, Jose’s work is well received by the greater business community who recognize the need for a more diverse energy portfolio – particularly wind and solar. In fact, in 2013, the Austin Chamber was recognized as the top cleantech chamber in the nation by Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) for its work in shaping Austin into a nucleus for the industry.
I spend a few minutes talking to Jose about what he does, as well as learning about an interesting smart grid demonstration project called “Pecan Street Inc.” Find out what it’s all about on the short video interview below….