Texas’s wholesale electricity market has undergone major regulatory changes over the past two decades. Jay Zarnikau, an adjunct professor at the LBJ School, is interested in how regulatory change impacts the price of electricity.
Jay teaches graduate-level courses in applied statistics, research methods, and energy economics at UT.
As Sr. VP of Frontier Energy, Jay is responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency programs and staff in California and Texas.
As the former president of Frontier Associates LLC (which recently merged into Frontier Energy) Jay provided consulting assistance to utilities, retail electric providers, and energy consumers in the design and evaluation of energy efficiency programs, retail market strategies, electricity pricing, demand forecasting, and energy policy.
Jay formerly served as a program manager at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Energy Studies, and was the Director of Electric Utility Regulation at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Jay has authored or co-authored over 75 articles in academic and trade journals. His research interests center on energy pricing, electricity resource planning, renewable energy, energy market design, and the application of modeling techniques to problems in resource economics. He has provided expert witness testimony in over 40 regulatory proceedings.
Jay has a Ph.D. degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.
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- The Identification of Peak Period Impacts When a TMY Weather File Is Used in Building Energy Use Simulation
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