Annual Electricity Reduction Test Set for June 22

JLab Participates in Program to Reduce Electricity Grid Stress During Summer Months to Prevent Power Outages.

For one hour on Thursday, June 22, 2017, Jefferson Lab will reduce the amount of electricity it is drawing from the power grid, as part of a region-wide drill to reduce stress on the Dominion Energy electrical grid. From 2-3 p.m. pre-identified work centers will reduce electricity use by turning off or turning down equipment not necessary for critical work or safety, according to Bill Mooney, sustainability and energy manager.

Most of the load reduction will occur through Facilities Management and Logistics staff shutting down air handlers in administrative areas, and in conjunction with the Information Technology Division reducing electricity use in areas such as the Data Center.

In general, all employees will be asked to also minimize unnecessary electricity use in their offices and work areas. Items to consider shutting down during the test could include: lights, peripheral monitors, mobile-device chargers and printers. In work centers, consider using power management settings on equipment, turning off lights in unoccupied spaces, and closing window blinds to reduce solar heat gain.

“If you will be out of your office during the test, please consider turning off your computer and any other electronic devices,” Mooney asks.

While employees are asked to reduce their consumption of electricity, where feasible, Mooney points out that time-critical and mission-essential work should not be impacted.

This demand-side energy management effort helps to ensure that periods of tight electricity supply on the grid won't turn into brown outs or power outages across much of the eastern United States.

How the program works: 

During periods of high electric demand, and upon two hours of being contacted, JLab is to reduce its overall electric demand by an agreed to amount. Designated lab personnel will be notified via email, phone, and/or pager.

The period of reduced electricity consumption is the shorter of; six hours, until 8 p.m., or notification that the demand reduction event is over. The number of events during one year is limited. The program only applies from 12 - 8 p.m. workdays, June through September.

To qualify for participation the lab must participate in the annual test. The lab is reimbursed for participating in the program after successfully completing the annual test.

How the lab responds to load reduction events/tests:

Upon notification of the annual test or an actual event, the lab will send out a Site-Wide Alert message notifying the lab community of the load-reduction event and request that pre-identified areas reduce their electrical use, and in general across the lab, unneeded lights and appliances be turned offWhile securing unneeded equipment in buildings and work centers is an important part of our demand response and is everyone's responsibility, never secure equipment you are not familiar with, instead find someone who is authorized to do this, Mooney advises.

For the June 22 test: Those individuals/groups using systems that are electrically power intensive, such as DC power supplies, operations in the Test Lab VTA (vertical test area) or cavity test areas, schedule your operations such that energy intensive operations do not occur during the 1:45-3:15 p.m. test period. If this work will be stopped or reduced for the test, these systems should be powered down by 1:45 p.m.

At the end of the annual test or an actual event, a SWA message will be sent out.

2017 Annual Test Timeline

  • The annual test will occur on Thursday, June 22, from 1:45-3:15 p.m.
  • 12 p.m. noon on June 22: A SWA notification will be sent out stating that the event will start at 2:00 p.m.  All staff and users will be asked to start preparing to secure loads. Power reduction shouldn’t occur before 1:30 p.m., but should be completed by 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m.: Test event starts
  • Soon after 3:00 p.m.: Notification will be sent out that the event has concluded, and authorized staff may reenergize secured loads and commence planned work.

Likely, the most noticeable impact of the test will be slightly warmer space/area temperatures due to turning down/off HVAC systems. All HVAC systems will be restored to normal operations immediately following completion of the test.  Closing window blinds and reducing unnecessary lighting during the test will help to maintain space temperatures and further reduce overall electricity consumption.

Questions regarding specific work areas or specific power reduction actions may be directed to the following Facilities Management and Logistics staff:

  • Bill Mooney
  • Paul Powers
  • Jason Willoughby
  • Carroll Jones
  • Director of Facilities Management and Logistics, Rusty Sprouse