Frontier Associates is excited to announce the firm's acquisition by GTI International, a holding company and wholly owned subsidiary of GTI.
“Frontier Associates is a regional market leader in energy efficiency initiatives, and their qualifications and activities complement the work being done by our California subsidiaries. We are very excited to add their talented team members to our growing energy efficiency business. Their capabilities, client relationships, and location are a fantastic fit as we look to provide solutions to our clients and members in the south central area of the country,” says Ron Snedic, GTI International President and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at GTI. “As we expand our footprint and strengthen our team, we intend to increase the value we bring to our clients.”
Bill Brooks, Frontier Associates Chief Executive Officer says, “We have a commitment to optimize value for our clients by truly understanding their needs. Our goal is to help them successfully navigate the ins-and-outs of energy efficiency as regulatory climates change and new technologies emerge. Our customers will benefit from the technical strengths and complementary skillsets of GTI and the other subsidiaries, and we can all work together to accelerate market transformation.”
- GTI International, 01/27/17 Des Plaines, IL. Press release full text available here.
An innovative commercial solar project supported by AEP-Texas North Company was recently featured by SolarPro online (article available here). In March 2016, Texas State Bank completed installation of a 94.5 kWdc solar carport that provides energy to the bank building and protection from the elements to cars that park underneath. The project was designed and installed by Native, Inc., a solar installation company that has long participated in utility-sponsored solar incentive programs administered by Frontier Associates.
According to Steve Wiese, who administers the AEP-Texas North Solar PV Incentive Program for Frontier Associates, the Texas State Bank project is expected to provide over 140,000 kWh annually to the bank building for up to 30 years.
Native, of Austin, designed the project and partnered with several local businesses to complete its construction, including San Angelo-based SKG Engineering, M&M Steel Erectors, and Accurate Drilling and Construction.
“We’re always excited to support our customers’ efforts to meet a portion of their energy needs in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way,” said Steve Mutiso, AEP-Texas North Company’s Solar PV Program manager. “Texas State Bank’s solar project is a prime example of how solar can be used to create multiple benefits for a business and its customers, and do so in an attractive way.”
Frontier currently administers solar incentive programs for residential and commercial customers of AEP-Texas Central, AEP-Texas North and Sharyland Utilities. Incentives help customers reduce the initial cost of new solar energy systems, making investments in solar more affordable and financially attractive.
- More information about AEP’s solar incentive programs may be found at www.txreincentives.com/apv; more information about Sharyland’s programs may be found at www.sharylandefficiency.com.
Photos courtesy of Native, Inc.
We polled the Frontier staff to find out how our employees are "being green" in their everyday lives. Take a look at the responses here. Happy Earth Day!
Jay Zarnikau, Shuangshuang Zhu, Ron Russell, Milton Holloway, and Michael Dittmer | The Electricity Journal
Frontier staff and the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technology (CCET) published findings from their recent Department of Energy grant project and the pricing experiments conducted at the “energy advanced” Mueller neighborhood in Austin, Texas. How will consumers of the future respond to dynamic price signals? Read more in The Electricity Journal. Full text available from Elsevier: How Will Tomorrow's Residential Energy Consumers Respond to Price Signals? Insights from a Texas Pricing Experiment by Jay Zarnikau, Shuangshuang Zhu, Ron Russell, Milton Holloway, and Michael Dittmer.
Frontier collaborated with Pecan Street Inc. and CenterPoint Energy to investigate the power quality effects of residential rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation on distribution circuits and on service at the residential meter. For the distribution circuit analysis, voltage, harmonic distortion and power factor were monitored on a total of six 35 kV circuits in two neighborhoods in an area north of Houston, Texas, one with a moderate penetration of solar PV and the other with virtually no solar. Effects of the solar generation on the distribution circuit parameters are reported.
To examine the effects of rooftop solar PV on service at the customer meter, power quality parameters were measured and compared at the transformer and at the customer meter on houses served by two different service transformers, one with a high concentration of solar PV installed and the other with a lower concentration. Impacts on power factor, voltage and distortion at the point of service are presented, and concerns from solar intermittency are discussed. Read more.