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Business Energy Guide: Food Processing

As a food processing business, you are a top consumer in California’s energy market. The costs of cooling and running a food processing facility can be substantial.  Find ways to embrace efficiency—and energy bill savings—here, with our Energy Management Solutions incentives, designed with your bottom line in mind.

Energy Efficiency Solutions


Upgrading your equipment can have a significant impact on energy costs. Take advantage of incentives now, and save energy and money over time.

  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Pumps

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Refrigeration is by far the biggest energy guzzler in food processing, so upgrades to your cooling and chilling equipment can benefit your bottom line significantly. Simple lighting changes like switching to LED lamps and fixtures can also make a difference.

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting

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Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to food processors 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 Capacity Bidding Program, your business may benefit from participating, while benefitting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Real Time Pricing, Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.  

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Food Processing by Numbers5

  • Food processing is 3rd largest and one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing industries in California.
  • Chilling takes 79% of the total electricity usage in meat processing.
  • 75% of electricity costs at food processing facilities occurs in processing and assembly systems.
  • California’s food processing industry consumes more than 3.7 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.

1E Source: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration
2E Source: Food Products and Beverages August 2003
3E Source: Food Products and Beverages August 2003
4E Source: Food Products and Beverages August 2003
5Energy Information Administration Department of Energy