JPL Memo: Lab-Wide Power Curtailment Test

Perplexed NASA Watch reader note: "OK, it's a good idea to see how JPL can cut energy consumption in case there's a power crunch. But the exercise says to "turn off unnecessary office and task lighting" for two hours. Then, I presume, we are to turn this unnecessary lighting back on? Why not just leave it off if it's unnecessary? And, if it can be identified as unnecessary, why was it on in the first place?"

Memo follows:

Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 11:14:33 -0700
To: "All Personnel"
From: Mark Gutheinz
Subject: Lab-Wide Power Curtailment Test

The summer months put a significant strain on the State of California power grid that can result in rolling blackouts, etc. In preparation for responding to emergency power curtailments that may be requested by our utility, Southern California Edison, JPL has developed an emergency conservation plan to shed electrical load during peak times of the day.

On Friday, 06/02/06, at 2:00 pm, JPL will enact this curtailment process as one of several required TEST days so that a quantifiable load shed figure can be obtained. At 2:00 pm, on 6/02, please turn off unnecessary office and task lighting and expect temporary reductions of air conditioning in non-critical areas of the Oak Grove site. Only NON-CRITICAL loads will be shed, similar to what is experienced on the Laboratory during a weekend or holiday period. The test will last approximately 2 hours.

Thank you for your patience during this test and for understanding our responsibility in supporting the State of California power grid emergency preparedness.

If you have any questions concerning this test, please contact Matt Berbee at 3-2549.

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