Load Shifting During Critical Summer Hours via Programmable Irrigation

Summary

SCH Number
2021060139
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Load Shifting During Critical Summer Hours via Programmable Irrigation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/7/2021

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
California Energy Commission
Lead/Public Agency
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 766-0743
anish.gautam@energy.ca.gov

Location

Cities
San Joaquin
Counties
Fresno
Cross Streets
2385 E Barstow Ave
Zip
93740

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., 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.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
08 CEQA NOE EPC-20-036 04-09-21_AG Signed   PDF 69 K

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