Grunin honored for university energy savings

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TU recognized by PSO's Power Forward program

The University of Tulsa’s Jason Grunin (BS ’09, MBA ’12) has been recognized as the 2013 AEP Oklahoma Energy Manager of the Year by Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Grunin, associate director of special projects and energy conservation at TU, was honored as part of the Power Forward with PSO program that supports the efforts of business customers to improve energy management standards and identify cost saving opportunities.

After attending a higher education energy conference in 2011, Grunin met with PSO participating service providers to launch energy-saving pilot projects around the TU campus. The public-private partnership has generated significant increases in efficiency. The athletic facilities, academic buildings and critical points of infrastructure have received upgrades to help save nearly 2.1 million kilowatt hours per year.

“We’ve shaved hundreds of thousands of dollars from our annual energy costs,” Grunin said. “The results are simply extraordinary.”

In 2013, TU received more than $232,000 in PSO incentives to implement changes across campus such as replacing indoor and outdoor lighting, adding occupancy sensors, removing unnecessary motors and optimizing chiller operations.

In addition to monetary savings, Grunin said the PSO incentives and energy improvements demonstrate TU’s commitment to a green campus and building strategy.

Gail Ellis