PEER perspective: UT Austin and the Robert W. Galvin Award [video]

Published on: 
18 Dec 2015
Kunal Gulati

On Nov. 19, 2015, Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities, Energy, and Facilities for the University of Texas at Austin became the first individual to be awarded the Robert W. Galvin Award for PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal). Ontiveros received this award at the Greenbuild leadership awards luncheon.

USGBC presented the award to Ontiveros in honor of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin, who focused his efforts to transform the nation’s electricity systems and drive innovation in the power sector. Ontiveros epitomizes the spirit of Galvin’s quest for new ideas, pursuit of excellence and policy reforms. At UT Austin, Ontiveros has managed and operated the largest university combined heat and power and district energy systems for the past 18 years. He is also a winner of Norman R. Taylor Award and has been honored by the Enivronmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to name a few.  

Since he started at UT Austin, Ontiveros applied systematic methods that allowed UT Austin to become one of the first PEER-certified projects and the only certified college campus. PEER is administered by GBCI and measures the delivery and quality of power systems.

Watch Juan Ontiveros explain the benefits of PEER at UT Austin and his commitment to constantly improving the energy industry.