DPU Seeks Input On Carbon Neutrality Definition

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review various recommendations included in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report over the next three Board meetings. 
First up is the recommended definition for “Carbon Neutrality” which will be considered for adoption at at 5:30 p.m., at the Dec. 16, Board meeting scheduled in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go online to the County’s open forum at https://www.peakdemocracy.com/ and provide feedback on the recommended definition which was developed by the Future Energy Resources Committee (FER Committee).
This seven-member citizen group was selected by the BPU to assist in realizing a long-term goal for the DPU to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040. 
The long-term goal was set as a measure to “achieve environmental sustainability,” one of six strategic objectives adopted by the BPU in 2013.
The FER Committee submitted to the BPU a 33-page document – the July 7, 2015 Future Energy Resources Report – which it developed in response to the BPU charge to examine and recommend:
  • a definition for carbon neutrality;
  • future energy resources for Los Alamos County; and
  • policies as the relate to distributed generation customers. 
BPU members will review and consider adoption of the carbon neutrality definition at the Dec. 16 Board meeting. 
Recommended future energy resources and policies as they relate to customers with distributed generation will be discussed and considered at subsequent board meetings in January and February. 
DPU staff will utilize the online Open Forum platform as a way to solicit public input on the recommendations scheduled to be considered and discussed at each Board meeting.
Links to the full Future Electrical Energy Resources Report, and information on the FER Committee can be found on the Open Forum page at https://www.peakdemocracy.com/ or on the DPU webpage.
Input will  be collected Monday evening Dec. 14, just before midnight. All public comments and input received will be provided to BPU members prior to the Dec. 16 Board meeting.