What is your feedback on the FER Committee's recommendations regarding future electrical energy resources for Los Alamos County?
The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will discuss strategic policies to be adopted for Future Electrical Energy Resources for the County of Los Alamos. BPU acknowledges that these discussions may take more than one board meeting. The first round of discussions will begin at the January 20, 2015 Board meeting scheduled at 5:30PM in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM.
The Future Energy Resources Committee (FER Committee) - a seven-member citizen group selected to assist the BPU and the Department of Public Utilities to reach a long-term goal to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040 - assessed the following to reach its recommendation on Future Electrical Energy Resources:
- Electric load projections (historical loads, potential load changes and DOE/LANL loads)
- Present resources (ECA, hydroelectric power, coal-fired power, solar, DOE resources, purchased power, transmission, and firming)
- Potential new carbon-free resources (nuclear, solar, firming for solar and other resources)
- Timing as it relates to various County contracts (e.g. expiration in 2022 of the county's ownership contract for San Juan coal-fired Generating Station and the expiration in 2025 of the Electric Coordination Agreement with the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory), and
- Future resource options and strategies.
The following below is taken directly from the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Resources Report under Section 4.6. Be sure to read all of Section 4 in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Resources Report to better understand the FER Committee's summary of resource recommendations.
4.6. Summary of Resource Recommendations (pages 24 - 25)
In 2013 the BPU adopted six strategic objectives for the DPU, one of which is to achieve environmental sustainability with a long-term goal and milestone to be carbon neutral by 2040. This long-term goal was later modified and approved by the Board to be a "carbon neutral electric provider by 2040." The adopted six strategic objects were developed to align with DPU's Mission to "provide safe and reliable utility services in an economically and environmentally sustainable fashion."
In January of 2015 the BPU selected Los Alamos County citizens to serve on a seven-member Future Energy Resources Committee (FER Committee) to recommend to the BPU and DPU how to realize this carbon neutral goal. Specifically, the FER Committee was asked to recommend:
- A definition for carbon neutrality
- Future energy generation resources for the County, and
- Policies for distributed generation customers.
A July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Resources Report (FEER Report) was prepared by the FER Committee with recommendations after almost six months of extensive research and discussion among the seven members. The report was presented to the BPU on July 15, 2015. While the BPU acknowledged receipt of the report, they resolved to examine the recommendations in detail at future Board meetings. Board members David Powell and Jeff Johnson developed a plan to review the various recommendations in the 33 page FEER Report. This plan was approved at the November 18, 2015 Board meeting and will address the recommendations at the follows Board meetings (click here for the full plan):
- December 16, 2015 the BPU will adopt a definition for "Carbon Neutrality." (Note: the definition for "Carbon Neutrality" at the Dec. 16th Board meeting was tabled and will be reconsidered at the January 20th meeting).
- January 20, 2016 the BPU will adopt a strategic policy for electrical energy resources.
- February 17, 2016 the BPU will adopt a strategic policy for distributed electrical generation and rate structure.
Prior to the December, January and February Board meetings, the BPU will open an "Open Forum" question with the relevant topics to be discussed.
Outcome: BPU adopted 13 of the 14 FER recommendations.
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