Pflugerville ISD moves to drastically reduce its utility costs

The Pflugerville ISD board received an update regarding reducing utility costs during a June 17 meeting. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Pflugerville ISD board received an update regarding reducing utility costs during a June 17 meeting. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Pflugerville ISD board received an update regarding reducing utility costs during a June 17 meeting. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pflugerville ISD staff reported the district spends roughly $3.8 million in utility costs per year—one of its biggest annual expenditures.

A plausible solution to diminish that amount, said Ed Ramos, the district's chief operating officer, could be a partnership with Cenergistic, an energy consulting company that helps entities cut costs with regard to utility consumption.

Ramos said during PfISD's June 17 board meeting that through this partnership, the district could net big savings through a series of initiatives that include embedding one or more Cenergistic energy specialists within the district, sending engineers to work with staff members and implementing more proactive work to get ahead of excess utility usage.

"We have to look at every avenue we can to make sure we are as efficient as possible," Ramos said.

According to a presentation from Ramos, the partnership could net the district roughly $2.4 million in savings over five years.


The board voted to approve a contract with Cenergistic during the June 17 meeting.

Ramos said the contract, which would cost PfISD $387,000 per year for five years for a total of $1.94 million, has a 60-day clause built into it should the district decide to opt out.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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