Visit Austin and you will see our rising skyline, businesses and residences scrambling to secure their spot in the firmament. But some of our lower and less developed altitudes still hold the wilderness that once characterized the Texas capital, places where nature’s might peeks out from under two centuries of development. Looking out over the city, architecture gives way to terrain, terrain gives way to the river.
The Colorado River represents a functional beauty. It and its lakes provide the city with water, energy and scenery. Recently, Frontier has gotten involved with the Colorado River Alliance, which aims to preserve the river as both a breathtaking site and an indispensable resource. Helping to keep the river clean is an extremely rewarding pursuit, and it holds special value for today as World Water Day.
As we continue our involvement in conserving the river, we think ahead to a future generation of Austinites able to utilize the resource with as much joy as we have. Stay tuned for updates on getting involved with us for future Creek Cleanups, or contact the Colorado River Alliance to set up your own. Happy World Water Day!
-By Ellie Audet. Special thanks to the Colorado River Alliance and Mary Carwile at Frontier Associates.
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.