Electrical ‘load-shedding’ test
The laboratory will participate in an electrical “load-shedding” test on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 2:15 – 4 p.m.
The test is performed to demonstrate that the laboratory can reduce its electricity use by a targeted amount — 3 megawatts (MW) — in the event of an actual power emergency. If the laboratory meets the 3-MW test target, it will receive a $100,000 incentive in the form of a reduction in electrical costs from the utility provider.
Employees are asked to shut off any unneeded lights, computers, printers, fans, air conditioners, and other plug-in equipment for the duration of the test period.
A reminder will be made over the site-wide public address system several minutes before the test begins.
Facilities Management and Services will start standby generators during the test to help meet the load reduction target. The generator cutovers and switch to generator power should not be noticeable to building occupants.
Note the intent is to shut off only unneeded equipment. There is no need to interrupt operations, experiments, desktop computers in use, etc.