Remaining North and Barranca Mesa Residents Asked to Join Smart Meter Study

Melissa Gullickson, with Marketwave helping DPU with smart meter study recruitments, painted the White Rock rock to promote the 100 Seasonal Smart Meter Study. Courtesy/DPU

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  • Final push to recruit the majority of households – representatives will be going door-to-door and visiting highly trafficked areas

Recruitment for the Mesa Smart Meter Study has been extended in an effort to ensure most residents of North and Barranca Mesa participate in the important research effort, reported officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU). 

Project collaborators are recruiting the final residents of North and Barranca Mesa to join this important local demand response study which will have global implications. 

Project representatives from Marketwave will be in Los Alamos during the week of May 20th in a campaign to speak to remaining residents. Phone calls, door-to-door conversations and flyering will occur in areas on and near North and Barranca Mesa.

The DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Kyoto University researchers, and Toshiba are working together to measure electric usage behavior in response to pricing signals, called “demand response.” Recruitment for the study, which has garnered more than 650 participants so far, will close May 28 and study activities will be completed in February of 2014. It is completely separate from a household’s electric bill, and there is no cost to participate. 

The intake survey for the Mesa Smart Meter Study can be completed in about five minutes and may be taken at https://www.rmrsurveys2.com/LosAlamos. Once the intake survey is completed, a participant is officially entered into the Mesa Smart Meter Study. Once demand response activities begin later in the summer (and again in the winter), participants will review virtual pricing options for electricity and potentially managing their electric use based on those options. Residents of North and Barranca Mesa are invited to learn more by visiting: http://www.losalamosnm.us/utilities/Pages/MesaSmartMeterStudy.aspx.

DPU customers on North and Barranca Mesas should know that this study is facilitated by, but separate from, the planned installation of smart meters on every electric service on both mesas which is part of DPU’s normal course of metering infrastructure upgrades. DPU’s installations of the new metering equipment are scheduled to begin in May. Customers will receive notification prior to new meter installation at their residence.

New Smart Meter Study Now Open to Los Alamos County Residents

  • 100 Smart Meter Seasonal Study opens to the public in first-come, first-served recruitment

Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) announced today that Los Alamos County and White Rock town site residents outside of North and Barranca Mesas are now able to sign up for the 100 Smart Meter Seasonal Study. The study, which will support global research for residential smart grids, is recruiting 100 households for the year-long program.

This study, like the Mesa Smart Meter Study also taking place this spring, is a partnership between DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Toshiba. These groups, along with research partners Marketwave and iThink, are working together to measure electric usage behavior during the various seasons of the calendar year. 

The study is open to any residence outside of North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. Recruitment for the study will close when 100 households have signed up, so interested parties are encouraged to take the initial survey as soon as possible in order to be eligible. Once in the study, qualified residents can also earn up to $100 in Amazon.com gift cards for participating in each of the surveys required. 

Residents can visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/utilities/Pages/MesaSmartMeterStudy.aspx  to learn more and take the online survey in order to sign up. Study participation is completely separate from a household’s electric bill, and there is no cost to participate.

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