Load Shifting During Critical Summer Hours via Programmable Irrigation


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Load Shifting During Critical Summer Hours via Programmable Irrigation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Develop and deploy new demand response software features on AgMonitor's Software-as-a-service platform to help growers on at least 10,000 acres achieve at least 7 MW of load shifting away from the critical hours of 5-8 pm when the sun sets and the grid sees a large ramp in net demand. Project will enroll farms and adjust their existing irrigation schedules to be out-side of the 5-8 pm window to help with grid stability during critical summer months. Schedule shifts will be either manual (with in the field workers) or automatic using AgMonitor's software platform for farms that have existing automated irrigation control systems.

Contact Information

Anish Gautam
Agency Name
CA Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Delano, Fresno, Tracy
Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin
Cross Streets
2385 E Barstow Ave Fresno 93740
Other Location Info
7753 W Undine Road Tracy 95376
Other Information
32149 Cecil Ave Delano 93215

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR, tit. 14, 15301
Reasons for Exemption
As part of the project, software will be employed to existing irrigation pumps (on existing farms) and scheduled to be turned off during peak hours (5-8pm) by automated controls or by workers in the field already tasked with irrigation duties. The irrigation schedule, tracking of when the pumps are in use, and generation of automated reporting will be done by AgMonitor's suite of software. As such, this project involves the use of software and new, small equipment such as power meters, soil moisture sensors and installation of valves and motors on existing irrigation lines. To perform the demonstration, the equipment must be installed at the demonstration sites. The installation will require minimal to no construction activity. The equipment will be placed within the existing growing areas and surrounding facilities.


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