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ITRC Report No. R 11-007. Charles M. Burt, Daniel J. Howes, and Beau Freeman

Agricultural Water Energy Efficiency

Sponsor: California Energy Commission
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Beginning in 2007, the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at California Polytechnic State Un iversity, San Luis Obispo, contracted with the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program of the California Energy Commission (CEC) to undertake a large, multi-tiered study on agricultural water energy efficiency in California. The study was broken into the following research tasks: Task 1: Administrative; Task 2.1: Irrigation district energy survey; Task 2.2: Conversion to groundwater pumping with drip/micro irrigation systems; Task 2.3: GIS-based water scheduling and software system; Task 3: Irrigation component energy analysis; Task 4: RD&D competitive solicitation; Task 5; Technology transfer. The resulting survey, research, and testing data from these tasks have led to a better understanding of current agricultural operations in California, as well as illuminated new avenues for energy conservation that could have widespread impact on energy efficiency in the California agricultural industry.


Burt, C.M., D.J. Howes, and B. Freeman.  2011. Agricultural Water Energy Efficiency.  Irrigation Training & Research Center, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA. ITRC Report No. R 11-007. 248 pp.

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