Agriculture and Food Processing

Growers, dairies, packers, and other food and beverage producers all runs operations that can benefit from the latest energy management best practices. To keep their costs down, savvy operators use rate analyses, pump tests and process optimization audits to identify their best options,  Audit recommendations often include re-scheduling operations to take advantage of a demand response program or a time-of-use rate, and making hardware improvements like installing advanced irrigation equipment, high efficacy lighting, or premium efficiency motors and HVAC equipment (e.g., variable speed drives, plate coolers, compressor heat recovery units, scroll compressors, time clocks, ventilation controls) and more.


  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    July 15, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Cool Roofs
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Design Brief: Demand Response
    June 17, 2013
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    Demand response (DR) is an energy management strategy that allows electricity consumers to receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing or rescheduling power use upon request. DR creates opportunities for building owners and managers to realize financial, operational, and environmental benefits by changing energy use patterns in response to market signals.

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  • e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration
    December 21, 2011
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    Supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores have the second highest energy consumption of major building types in California, with electricity representing over 80% of this, and with energy-intensive refrigeration consuming the greatest fraction of electricity.

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  • e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power
    July 30, 2010
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    A building may contain a vast array of efficiency measures, or it may be old and inefficient. Either way, the electricity used in the building will likely be produced with inherent inefficiencies. The efficiency of fossil fuel based electricity production averages 34% (although new combined cycle plants can exceed 50% efficiency). The ultimate efficiency of any building pulling electricity from the grid is limited by that number.

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  • Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency
    June 12, 2010
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    Though more costly to install and more complicated to operate, a chiller plant offers a number of benefits over simple packaged cooling units, including greater energy efficiency, better controllability, and longer life.

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  • Design Brief: Centrifugal Pump Application and Optimization
    May 24, 2010
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    Centrifugal pumps perform many important functions to control the built environment. The physics and basic mechanics of pumps have not changed substantially in the last century.

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  • Design Brief: Drivepower
    March 31, 2010
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    To truly minimize the energy use of a drivepower system-which includes the motor, its controls, and the connection between the motor and the equipment it drives-designers need to consider how these components operate as a system rather than looking at them on an individual basis.

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  • e-News #71: Evaporative Cooling: Saving Energy in More Ways Than Ever
    March 31, 2010
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    Evaporative coolers provide cool air by forcing hot dry air over a wetted pad. The water in the pad evaporates, removing heat from the air while adding moisture. Although the concept has been used in residential "swamp" coolers in the Southwest for decades, technology advances have made evaporative cooling a viable alternative to conventional cooling in commercial buildings and in other areas of the country.

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  • Design Brief: Energy Efficiency Practices in Industrial Refrigeration
    January 12, 2010
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    Energy costs are a significant expense for facilities that operate industrial refrigeration systems. In new construction projects, significant energy savings can be achieved by incorporating energy efficiency technologies in the project design. For facilities being expanded or upgraded, ensuring the efficiency of the refrigeration systems can lead to significant energy savings without compromising productivity.

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  • Design Brief: Industrial Process Heat Recovery
    October 26, 2009

    Process heating is a significant source of energy consumption in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, and it often results in a large amount of waste heat that is discharged into the atmosphere.

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  • Design Brief: Compressed Air
    July 20, 2009
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    Compressed air - commonly called the fourth utility - is in high demand in most industrial facilities. Despite its widespread application, however, up to two-thirds of the compressed air systems in operation have either an obvious problem that affects production or a hidden problem that drives compressed air production costs higher.

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  • Design Brief: Pumping System Troubleshooting
    June 11, 2009
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    This brief explores techniques for identifying and solving pump system problems commonly encountered in existing buildings during retro-commissioning processes.

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  • e-News #56: Balancing Act: Designing Effective Commercial Kitchen Ventilation
    November 1, 2006
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    The kitchen ventilation system is one of the largest energy-consuming end uses of a commercial food service facility. In a typical restaurant, the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system represents 20 to 30 percent of total energy consumption. The kitchen ventilation system can account for up to 50 percent of that HVAC load.

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  • Design Brief: High Intensity Fluorescent Lighting
    February 1, 2004
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    New high-intensity fluorescents outshine their high-intensity discharge competitors. They are often more efficient and feature lower lumen depreciation rates, better dimming options, instant start-up, and better color rendition.

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