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Advanced Pump Efficiency Program with Continuous Monitoring

Situation

The purpose of the Advanced Pump Program (“APP”) Program is to ensure significant energy savings, demand reduction, and increased customer participation in the water pumping and irrigation sectors of a large California utility. Irrigation customers provide a unique opportunity to have a significant impact in demand and consumption reduction through use of efficient pumping systems. Our unique program provides automated notices to customers on the condition of their pumps when their pump(s) efficiency falls below a benchmark efficiency level. And out implementation plan focuses on the water pumping and irrigation sectors as a resource program, describing the specific targets and metrics used.

Solution

The Advanced Pump Efficiency Program’s integrated energy efficiency and SmartGrid approach combines continuous information from pump operation and pump test results, as well as traditional measures such as pump system upgrades with strategies to educate and train customers and pump service contractors in managing or reducing energy demand during peak periods. By combining these approaches, customers receive a comprehensive solution for managing energy costs while helping the utility better respond to peak demand conditions.

While the Program’s implementation focuses on energy efficiency, it also emphasizes integrated solutions in proper sequence (energy efficiency, demand response solutions, and pump equipment inventory solutions). It also takes the proper steps to integrate field data with the utility’s SmartMeters. This multifaceted approach was developed to support the most cost-effective and satisfactory energy and financial solutions for irrigation and water pumping customers, while providing the utility with substantial load reduction and cost avoidance strategies.

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