Zarnikau, Jay | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Jay Zarnikau is the president of Frontier Associates. He provides consulting assistance to clients in the energy industry on issues related to energy conservation, the restructuring of electricity markets, energy pricing, and resource planning. His consulting work involves market research, statistical modeling, economic analysis, and expert witness testimony.

Dr. Zarnikau has authored or coauthored roughly thirty articles in refereed academic journals, including the Empirical Economics; Energy Journal; Energy Economics; Energy Policy; Resources and Energy; and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. His research interests include statistical model selection, Bayesian statistical techniques, the pricing of electricity and water, pollution taxes, and the measurement of energy efficiency achievements.

Zarnikau, who has a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin, formerly served as the Director of Electric Utility Regulation at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and as a Program Manager at the UT College of Engineering's Center for Energy Studies. He has taught quantitative courses at the LBJ School of Public Affairs since 2003.


NewsFebruary 24, 2014
New Electricity Market Structure in Texas Resulted in 2% Price Drop

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.

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