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UT Austin secures nearly $1.4 million from 179D tax deduction allocations

Posted on: August 6, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin announced today that it has received $1,377,682 from Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) related to an allocation of federal tax deductions derived from construction of the university’s energy efficient Thermal Energy Storage system. Efficiency Energy, LLC, assisted with obtaining the deduction and allocation. Juan Ontiveros, associate vice president of Utilities and Energy Management at the university, said, “We build and renovate our facilities to save energy, and we can reinvest these dollars in those efforts.”

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Daily Texan highlights UEM's conservation efforts on campus

Posted on: November 18, 2013
Author: Bobby Blanchard

"Water usage dropping on campus, but UT hopes to lower it," - Daily Texan

UT Austin's Carl J. Eckhardt Heating and Power Complex awarded the CCJ's 2012 Pacesetter Plant Award

Posted on: October 23, 2012
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

On October 17, The Carl J. Eckhardt Heating & Power Complex received the Combined Cycle Journal’s (CCJ) 2012 Pacesetter Plant Award during the organization’s annual conference in Florida. The award recognizes the plant for its outstanding achievements in reducing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.

Pacesetter Plant Award

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UT Austin Executive Director of Utilities receives Norman R. Taylor Award

Posted on: July 16, 2012
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

Juan Ontiveros, executive director of Utilities and Energy Management, was presented the Norman R. Taylor Award on July 2, 2012 by the International District Energy Association (IDEA). The award is IDEA's most prestigious award, and recognizes an individual for their extensive commitment and professional contributions to the advancement of the district energy industry.

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Research at the UT Power Plant

Posted on: March 7, 2012
Video by: David Castaneda

The Daily Texan spotlights current and former UT students on the research being done at the UT Power Plant.

Chillin' like it's 1977

Published: February 9, 2011
By: Mason Jones

Know highlights UT's power plant for its efficiency and saving the university money.

"Energy Priorities" spotlights UT's energy self-sufficiency and the benefits of their new chiller plant

Posted on: September 21, 2010
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

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UT-Austin CHP Earns AEE Award

Posted on: August 11, 2010
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

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Chilling Station 6 featured in Distributed Energy

Issue Date: July/August 2010
Author: Juan Ontiveros

"On the Cutting Edge: The first 15,000-ton, all-variable-frequency controlled chilling station," - Distributed Energy

How UT Austin saved money by reducing waste, a pollution prevention case study

Posted on: July 2010
Posted by: TCEQ

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How university is meeting growing cooling needs using less energy

Issue Date: May 2010
Authors: Kevin M. Kuretich and Ben Erpelding

"The University of Texas at Austin: Large-Campus District Cooling," - HPAC Engineering

University of Texas at Austin wins the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in District Energy

Posted on: November 3, 2009
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

Award of Excellence

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University of Texas Austin Utilities Chief to Chair IDEA Board

Posted on: July 29, 2009
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

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UEM employees complete and earn certifications in their respective fields

Posted on: June 2, 2009
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

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Utilities and Energy Management executive director named to NRC committee

Posted on: March 2009
Author: Kira Taniguchi

Juan Ontiveros: National Research Council committee member making D.C.’s Capitol Power Plant energy efficient,” – Our Campus

Mark your calendars for the IDEA Centennial Conference on June 28 – July 1, 2009 at Washington, DC.

Posted on: Jan 2009
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

IDEA Member: Celebrating 100 Years UEM is a proud member of IDEA. IDEA will be celebrating 100 Years of Informing, Connecting, Advancing the District Energy Industry.

Since 1909, IDEA members have provided reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy services to cities, campuses and communities around the world.

District Energy/CHP 2009: Local Energy, Global Solution: IDEA 100th Annual Conference and Trade Show IDEA is pleased to invite colleagues to their 100th Annual Conference and Trade Show on June 28 – July 1, 2009 at Washington, DC.

View conference details at IDEA calendar.

University Explores Wind Energy, Carbon Impact…

Issue Date: Fourth Quarter 2008
Authors: Ryan Reid and Ryan Thompson

Is Wind Energy Hot Air? The University of Texas at Austin checks it out” — District Energy

New Administrative Associate for UEM's Purchasing Division

Posted on: Sep 30, 2008
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

Loren Hinkle-Roberts was named as the new administrative associate for the Administrative Services section of our department. Loren has been a familiar face at Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) since November 2004 as the administrative assistant to Adriana Rojas and Ricardo Medina.

Prior to joining UEM, Loren worked at Southwest Orthopedic Group in the medical records section and in the university’s Payroll Office assisting in centrally billed airfare and scholarship and paycheck distribution.

Loren will now be assisting Ken Bonin, purchasing/contract manager, with purchasing orders for Mechanical Distribution and Electrical Distribution, as well as assisting him with other building-management matters.

University’s Water Recovery Program Saves Billions of Gallons to Date

Issue Date: July 2008
Newsletter: Synergies [no longer available]

Utilities and Energy Management's Water Recovery Program started in the early 1980s and has recycled more than 1.35 billion gallons of water to date, for a total savings of about $7.5 million.


UEM featured in The Alcalde Magazine for our Sustainability Efforts

Article Date: May/June 2008
Author: Rebecca Fontenot

"Burnt Orange and Green," — The Alcalde

UT Power Plant wins 2008 TEEA Award

Posted on: May 2008
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

On April 30, 2008, The University of Texas at Austin’s Power Plant was recognized by Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Every spring, TCEQ honors citizens, organizations, communities, and others who have developed projects that protect our state’s natural resources.

Dr. Pat Clubb, vice president for Employee and Campus Services, and Juan Ontiveros, executive director of Utilities and Energy Management, accepted the Texas Environmental Excellence Award (TEEA) in the Large Business/Technical category for the university’s energy innovations.

Visit the TEEA Web site to view the video from the ceremony.

2008 Big Ten & Friends Utility Conference

Posted on: May 2008
Posted by: Isidora Sanchez

Thanks for a successful Big Ten & Friends Conference!