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California Agricultural Demand Response

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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California has issues with climate change that cause frequent droughts. Although we also have a very well-developed water resources system with many reservoirs and aqueducts, it is currently being stretched to the limit by these droughts.

When our water resources system cannot supply the water that farmers need, they tap their groundwater, and this too is becoming overextended.

As with many problems, this one described above also comes with an opportunity. This one is for the electric grid. Groundwater pumping has a strong potential for demand response. By creating incentives for farmers that implement demand response, the state will help them offset some of the expenses that will result from implementing better groundwater management practices.

This paper has four subjects: (1) current California agricultural production, (2) agricultural demand response systems, (3) water management techniques, and (4) some systems that will implement the second and third subjects.

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Matt Chester on Nov 11, 2021

Great example of how distinct sectors that are looking to be better climate shepherds should be looked at systematically together, rather than as isolated problems to solve

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John Benson on Nov 11, 2021

Thanks for the comment, Matt.

Our farmers are good entrepreneurs. If they can save money by working with a program, they will do it.


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Thank John for the Post!
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