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DPU Seeks Public Input On Policies For Customer-Owned Solar Systems

on February 14, 2016 - 9:21am

DPU News:

  • Discussion is scheduled for Board of Public Utilities meeting March 16

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) officials encourage Los Alamos citizens to go to the County’s online open forum at http://www.peakdemocracy.com/3411 and provide feedback on recommended policies related to distributed energy resources or customer-owned generation sources, such as roof-top solar systems. 

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will review and discuss recommendations in the July 7, 2015 Future Electrical Energy Report on this issue at the March 16 board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave., in Los Alamos. 

BPU members will consider the effect of distributed energy resources on the county’s electric distribution grid, as well as rate structures to ensure fair allocation of costs to customers. Specifically, members will discuss near- and long-term policy recommendations on distribution system stability and load fluctuations, rate making principles, and rate structure options including time-of-use rates and a value of solar tariff. 

This is the last section of the July 7 Report to be discussed and considered by the BPU. The Report was developed by the Future Energy Resources Committee (FER Committee), a citizen ad-hoc committee, in response to the BPU charge to recommend:

  • A definition for carbon neutrality;

  • Future energy resources for Los Alamos County; and

  • Policies as they relate to distributed generation customers.

The seven-member committee comprising county citizens, the business community, the Los Alamos schools, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory submitted to the BPU a 33-page document - the July 7, 2015 Future Energy Resources Report – with recommendations on all three tasks.

Los Alamos County citizens are encouraged to provide feedback on the recommended policies for distributed energy resources on the Open Forum webpage http://www.peakdemocracy.com/3411.  Input will be collected until Monday evening March 14, just before midnight. All public comments and input received will be provided to BPU members prior to the March 16 board meeting. Links to the full July 7 Report, and information on the FER Committee can be found on the Open Forum page at or on the DPU webpage at www.losalamosnm.us/utilities.


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