Accelerated Deployment of Irrigation Pumping Demand Flexibility

Polaris Energy Services Inc.

Recipient

San Luis Obispo, CA

Recipient Location

17th

Senate District

35th

Assembly District

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$335,871

Amount Spent

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Active

Project Status

Project Update

Project Kicked off in May 2021. TAC formed. Kick-off benefits questionnaire completed. Project has enrolled over 10 MW of new curtailable load.

The Issue

California has committed to sourcing 100% of electricity from renewable resources by 2045 and 100% light-duty ZEV sales by 2035, while maintaining demand response and energy efficiency at the top of the loading order. These goals require reliably shifting load from net peak hours while increasing total supply of electricity. This project will help to achieve those goals as early as possible by adding demand response capacity and facilitating load shift from agricultural pumping.

Project Innovation

Building on EPC-16-045 which developed the tools needed by growers and proved the ability to deliver load flexibility under the right conditions, this project will ramp up agricultural demand response (DR) capacity and facilitate load shift from agricultural energy users (AEU) through technology deployment of automation systems that enable AEU to respond to curtailment and price signals from existing and emerging grid management systems. Polaris aims to add hundreds of sites to its network that do not participate in DR today or participate in DR but can benefit from and contribute load shift under new time-of-use (TOU) rates. Project also includes enhancing the Polaris platform based on customer feedback and emerging market paradigms such as the Price Portal envisioned by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Load Management Standards.

Project Benefits

This will lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers to the achievement of the State of California's statutory energy goals by enabling AEU to respond to energy price signals as they manage their irrigation. For the first time, a farmer will be able to enter irrigation requirements and operational constraints, receive a recommended irrigation plan, customize it and deploy it directly to an irrigation controller.

Lower Costs

Affordability

The technology deployed will enable effective response to time of use rates and facilitates participation in demand response programs through the shifting of agricultural irrigation pumping in response to grid signals.

Greater Reliability

Reliability

The technology deployed will enable participation in demand response programs through the shifting of agricultural irrigation pumping to periods of surplus renewable energy, which improves system reliability.

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