Business Energy Guide: Agriculture
We know that those in the agriculture business need reliable, affordable energy to keep crops and livestock healthy and margins profitable. Since blackouts in Southern California can have devastating effects, you may also rely on generators to keep power flowing. Our Energy Management Solutions and available incentives can help save energy and offset the costs of upgrading to energy-efficient equipment.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
Upgrading to energy-effcient equipment can have a significant impact on energy costs. Here are just a few of the many solutions to consider:
- Variable Frequency Drives
- Processing Equipment
Lighting and HVACR
Upgrading your facility with energy-efficient lighting and equipment can make a bigger difference than you might think. Look into the solutions and available incentives we offer, including these:
- Sensors and Controls
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR)
Demand Response Programs
Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to the agriculture industry for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and Real Time Pricing Program, your business may benefit from participating, while benefitting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.
Agriculture by Numbers3
- California is the largest producer and exporter of agricultural products in the United States, with $36.2 billion in revenue representing 11.2% of the U.S. total
- California’s has 81,700 farms and ranches
- California produces about half of U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables; and its agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities.
- California farmers consume 4% of the state's electricity to produce, process and store food and fiber crops
1E Source: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
2Source: Dairy Farm Energy management Guide, Southern California Edison 2010
3Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010