Development of new technologies for agricultural loads to participate in renewables integration, RTP programs, and/or new Time of Use rates

Summary

SCH Number
2017058192
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Development of new technologies for agricultural loads to participate in renewables integration, RTP programs, and/or new Time of Use rates
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
About one-sixth of the irrigated land in the US is in the Central Valley. PG&E and SCE serve the growers in the Central Valley who collectively have between 160,000 and 170,000 irrigation pumps. These growers have been impacted immensely due to the continued drought along with electricity rates that have risen on average 5.8% per year for the last 10 years. The purpose of this project is to develop new smart pump controllers that enable agriculture growers.

Contact Information
David Hungerford
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

916-327-2341

Location

Counties
Kings Fresno

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination, are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. 15306 provides that projects which consist of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.
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