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DPU-NEDO Demonstration Smart Grid Collaboration 
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Updated:  July 2013
Reader Recap:  Historical information about the building and launch of the Demonstration Smart Grid Collaboration project is here.  For current and ongoing information visit  . 
Did You Know:  1MW of the photovoltaic solar array is up and running, with another 1 MW to be built out later.

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Thank you to all our Smart Meter Volunteers supporting the Los Alamos Smart Grid Demonstration Project in two studies:  the 1600 Mesa Smart Meter Study and the 100 Seasonal Smart Meter Study.  Together these studies will examine the behavioral economics of "Demand Response" and "Time of Use" in connection with the realtime electricity consumption information provided to customers through smart meters.  
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The Los Alamos Dept. of Public UtilitiesJapan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory teamed to develop smart grid technology here - a test bed to solve the nations overburdened and antiquated power grid.  Smart grids are new-generation electrical power networks that efficiently control and balance the supply and demand of power through digital information that integrates small and large-scale renewable energy sources. 

The Los Alamos Demonstration Smart Grid project creates a residential microgrid including:

• A 1 megawatt photovoltaic solar array at the former landfill on East Jemez Road (another 1 MW to be built later)
• A large scale battery storage system
• A demonstration smart home in Los Alamos equipped with photovoltaics, a battery, a home energy management system, and smart equipment and appliances for optimized power consumption, and
• Smart meters.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, launching the project was held September 17, 2012.

Read an article describing the smart grid project in more detail featured in Los Alamos Science and Technology Magazine, November 2010, "Solar Smart Grid in the Atomic City," written by Necia Grant Cooper.



PROJECT STATUS (February 2012)

Work is completed on the first megawatt of PV installation and the battery storage system.

The first megawatt of PV panels funded by NEDO was installed on the former Los Alamos Landfill.


2012 Battery Storage System

An 8.2 MWh battery storage system was installed adjacent to the former Los Alamos Landfill.


U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and NEDO's Director General Hidekazu Takakura broke ground on the former Los Alamos Landfill in 2011.

November 2011 Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ground breaking ceremony for the planned two megawatt solar array to be installed on the capped landfill off of West Jemez Road. Left to right: Duncan McBranch, Deputy Principal Assoc. Director for Science, Technology & Engineering, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Honorable Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico District 3,U.S. House of Representatives; Sharon Stover, Chair to Los Alamos County Council; John Arrowsmith, Utilities Manager, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities; Hidekazu Takakura, Director General, Smart Communities, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization; Chris Ortega, Chair, Board of Public Utilities; Brent Eastwood, Division Director of International Trade, NM Economic Development Dept.


DPU's John E. Arrowsmith wins 2010 Energy Leadership Award

 The New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers (NMAEE) gave the 2010 Energy Leadership award to Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager John E. Arrowsmith in connection with the DPU-NEDO Smart Grid project in Los Alamos at an awards ceremony in Albuquerque on Sept. 21.  Accepting the award for Arrowsmith was Deputy Utilities Manager James Alarid.  L-R Alarid, Science Advisor to Governor Richardson, Dr. Tom Bowles, who presented the award; Jack McGowan of the Galvin Electricity Initiative and Donald E. Swick of the NMAEE.

NEDO Selects Contractors (June 2010)

Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, selected 19 subcontractors to participate in Los Alamos and Albuquerque projects.  In Los Alamos, participants include:

NGK Insulators
(CTC) Itochu Techno-Solutions

United States' parties to the Los Alamos Smart Grid project include the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.



     "The price of power generated from renewable energy sources
      is often a hurdle for small utilities, but that cost could come
      down if renewables can be successfully integrated with other
      sources and managed through smart grid technology." 

            --John E. Arrowsmith, DPU Utilities Manager
               at NEDO-DPU Good Faith Signing Ceremony
               March 5, 2010

Congruent with Board of Public Utilities direction, the DPU continually explores and seeks ways to bring more renewable energy into the power mix offered to our ratepayers.  In 2009, on behalf of Los Alamos County, the DPU participated in Governor Richardson's New Mexico Green Grid application for federal funding under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.  Although New Mexico was not selected for an ARRA grant, Japanese partners, NEDO, continued to show interest in Los Alamos for investment in a smart grid demonstration project.  The DPU, led by its Board and John Arrowsmith, continued to flesh out the project outlines culminating in the Los Alamos Smart Grid demonstration project and the Good Faith signing of intent to reach a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NEDO and Los Alamos County. 

United States’ parties to the Los Alamos Smart Grid project include the Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. National, regional and local media coverage of the parties' Signing Ceremony held on March 5, 2010 at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque, NM follows.

New Mexico Business Weekly
Smart Grid News
Product Design & Development Magazine
Green Tech Media
Los Alamos Monitor
Links to All Coverage in 120 Media Outlets


Schedule Smart Grid Support List

The Los Alamos Smart Grid Support List 
for potential service and material suppliers. C
lick here to register your expertise and business offerings in support of
a 2 megawatt solar facility on a capped landfill in Los Alamos County,
a 7 megawatt-hour large scale battery storage system; and a
demonstration home, "Smart House" with the latest construction techniques, smart meters and smart appliances for optimized power consumption to enhance conservation and comfort.

We review the Support List and will contact you if any further information is required.  The Smart Grid Project leadership reviews the registry on an as-needed basis to find the local business that will best meet their needs.  Thank you for supporting this local, utility-scale, smart grid project that is integrated with clean, renewable, solar power.  

Project Contact
Utilities Manager 
John E. Arrowsmith, through Julie Williams-Hill 
Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU)