To Reduce Electrical Load Across Virginia During Peak Summer Use, JLab Participates in Interruptible Electric Load Program

Jefferson Lab qualifies for electrical service under the Commonwealth of Virginia electrical power contract.  The lab is participating in an interruptible electrical load program this summer under the state electric contract. Dominion Virginia Power is part of the PJM Power Grid that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware, as well as parts of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. This demand-side energy management helps to ensure that periods of tight electricity supply on the grid don’t turn into power outages. 

How the program works: 
During periods of high electric demand 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 e-mail, phone and/or pager.

The period of reduction is not to exceed six hours. The number of events during one year is limited. The program applies on workdays from noon to 8 p.m. during the months of June through September.

In exchange for participating in the program, the lab receives a standby payment, as well as an energy payment. To qualify for participation, JLab must participate in a one-hour test on Thursday, June 11.

How will JLab respond:
Upon notification of the annual test or an actual event, the lab will send out an e-mail to staff and users notifying them of the event and requesting that unnecessary lights, office equipment and electric loads be turned off. Securing unneeded equipment in all buildings is an important part of our demand response and is everyone’s responsibility. However, never secure equipment you are not familiar with, instead find someone who is familiar with it.

Individuals assigned to manage the predetermined load reductions will turn off their assigned loads. These individuals are directly contacted by the utility subcontractor via e-mail, phone, and/or pager. The predetermined load reductions include taking the accelerator and FEL from beam permit to controlled access (RF and magnet power supplies will be turned off), securing select computing equipment and controlling operation of A/C equipment in select buildings.

Those individuals/groups using systems that are electrically power intensive, such as DC power supplies, operations in the Test Lab VTA or cavity test areas, should schedule their operations such that energy intensive operations do not occur during the 2-3 p.m. test time on June 11. Those operations should not start after 11:30 a.m. on that day.

This test isn't expected to impact normal office work. However, as always, turn off lights and office equipment that aren't in use.

Upon the end of the annual test or an actual event, the lab will send out an e-mail to staff and users notifying them that the event has ended.

Annual Test
The annual test for 2009 will occur Thursday, June 11 from 2-3 p.m.
Noon:  Notification will be sent out that the event will start at 2 p.m.  All JLab staff and users will be asked to start securing loads to be completed by 1:50 p.m.
2 p.m.:  Event starts
Soon after 3 p.m.:  Notification will be sent out that the event has ended. Re-energize secured loads.

Contact Paul Powers, Facilities Management, ext 7258, or Rusty Sprouse, ext 7589 if there are questions.

Batch Farm Operations Stop Early for June 11 Power Reduction Test
(Special Note posted by IT Division on June 10)

In preparation for the power reduction exercise that JLab is participating in for  Dominion Virginia Power, the batch farm reservation is set to finish all production physics jobs by 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 11.

Note that only jobs specifying short enough time will run from now through tomorrow morning.

Systems are expected to be fully operational again on Friday.

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