SIERRA CLUB News:
The public is invited to attend the December meeting of the Sierra Club of Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Room 230 of the UNM-Los Alamos Student Center (Bldg. 2). The speaker is Tim Glasco of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
Glasco will discuss the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid Project that was undertaken in Los Alamos. Project partners included Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
Through the construction of a micro-grid on North and Barranca Mesas, project partners demonstrated photovoltaic penetration levels ranging from 25 to 50 percent on this neighborhood with approximately 1,600 homes. Using smart grid technology electric loads were balanced and output fluctuations were absorbed to meet the firm power needs of these customers.
The project also incorporated a demonstration smart house that was able to respond to the grid, and a demand-response study conducted by Kyoto University with volunteers from North and Barranca Mesas.
Please come to hear the results of this project and give your input into future projects.