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Electric Load Shifting in Irrigation Districts - California's Program
USCID Conference on Benchmarking Irrigation System Peformance Using Water Measurement and Water Balances: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Charles M. Burt, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Ricardo Amón, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA
  • Darren Cordova, Student Engineer, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
7-9-2002
Abstract
During the 2000-2001 winter, California experienced a severe imbalance in electricity supply and demand that resulted in blackouts and brownouts. The state legislature initiated a number of emergency programs, one of which (Senate Bill 5x) was targeted for irrigation districts. The primary goal of SB 5x is to reduce peak period electricity demand. The California Energy Commission (CEC), acting under authority of Section 5(b) of the legislation, developed the "Agricultural Peak Load Reduction Program". The program was announced on June 1, 2001, and Cal Poly ITRC administers the irrigation district portion of the program for CEC. During the first 9 months of implementation, the irrigation districts voluntarily participated in load shifting, utilizing approximately $6.2 million in cost-sharing grant money. In addition, approximately 550 pumps were tested and pump repairs were made, resulting in an estimated savings of 16 million kWh.
Number of Pages
10
Publisher statement
Publisher website: United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
Citation Information
Charles M. Burt, Ricardo Amón and Darren Cordova. "Electric Load Shifting in Irrigation Districts - California's Program" USCID Conference on Benchmarking Irrigation System Peformance Using Water Measurement and Water Balances: San Luis Obispo, CA (2002)
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