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Cummins Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Monday

on August 25, 2019 - 9:08am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos meets 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

Announcements

  • September Lunch with a Leader, 11:40 a.m., Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, County Engineer Eric Martinez will speak about roads and traffic issues.
  • Single-use plastic ban: pros and cons.
  • Climate Strike New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Roundhouse. Event page and registration here.
  • Upcoming school board elections (LAPS and UNMLA). 
  • Standing for Immigrant Justice, 11 a.m., Aug. 31 with Allegra Love, Immigration Attorney and Director of Santa Fe Dreamers. For Tickets and Information: nmfcimmigrantjustice@gmail.com.

The speaker at the Monday Voices of Los Alamos meeting is Los Alamos Deputy Utility Manager - Power Production Steve Cummins. He will discuss the Carbon Free Power Project and the Small Modular (nuclear) Reactor Project that Los Alamos County is already invested in.

Los Alamos County is a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). UAMPS, NuScale and Energy Northwest entered into a teaming agreement to investigate the viability of developing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project in the State of Idaho. This is known as the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

The purpose and need of the CFPP is to provide for additional mid-sized baseload electrical generating capacity to meet the expected needs of UAMPS’ members. In August 2015, the Los Alamos Power Pool entered into a siting agreement with UAMPS and committed to an expenditure for the initial siting phase work.

Joining the Department of Public Utilities leadership team in 2000, Cummins supervises operations for power production and electric distribution. He serves as the manager of operations for the Los Alamos Power Pool pursuant to the County-DOE Electric Coordination Agreement.

Other responsibilities include oversight of transmission service contracts, purchased power contracts, a jointly operated power control center, two hydroelectric facilities and power supply planning. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cummins is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in municipal utility engineering and seven years of consultant engineering.

Future Speakers:

  • Sept. 23, Ellen Ben-Naim, school board president, on the Nov 5 school bond and board election; and
  • Oct. 28, Steven Singledecker on LANL Environmental Protection and Compliance.

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