University of Texas at Austin, PEER v2

Location: 
Austin, TX
Project Owner: 
University of Texas
Project Type: 
University Microgrid
Project Partner: 
Austin Energy

The University of Texas at Austin has a longstanding reputation for innovation when it comes to energy efficiency and reliability. This reputation was independently validated when the university successfully completed the rigorous PEER v1 review process in 2014, demonstrating its dedication to sustainable power and continuous improvement.

And, again the campus has set a global standard amongst their peers in strengthening the reliability of its microgrid, through the achievement of Platinum certification under PEER v2 in 2020. With the implementation of advanced technologies such as real-time predictive monitoring system, optimized control strategies for its chilling stations and thermal storage tanks, the campus has achieved an energy savings of 19 million units -- a cost savings of 1 million USD and has also mitigated about 8.6 kilo tons of CO2 emissions. Thus, the campus has further enhanced the energy system’s performance, reliability & resiliency.

“The PEER certification process, administered by the global and independent GBCI organization, is a rigorous program that allows Utilities and Energy Management to be true to our goal of being among the best university utilities providers in the United States. To accomplish this, we have developed and adopted the “I3 Principle” (Incremental Improvement through Innovation). Adhering to the principle requires the use of accurate granular data, with careful consideration before implementing new concepts, software, or tools incrementally. Improvements are then analyzed, and the entire process is repeated using innovative ideas and practices, explained Juan Ontiveros, P.E., Associate Vice President for Utilities and Energy Management. "Being open to innovation requires a certain comfort level with risk. It also requires a holistic approach. We must have highly supportive senior leadership, dedicated management, effective administrative processes and a well-trained workforce with a singular, unified goal to produce, deliver, and use energy and utilities in the most efficient, reliable and resilient manner."

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