Program to help offset cost of improvements made by agricultural customers to reduce energy use during peak hours.

The California Energy Commission is offering $75 million in financial incentives to the agricultural industry to reduce electricity use during peak hours. Dairy producers are among the many ag-energy users who may apply for the funds.

Incentives are available for the following type of projects:

  • Purchase and installation of high-efficiency electrical equipment.
  • Testing of agricultural water pumps and retrofitting or replacing pumps with premium efficiency motors.
  • Purchase and installation of metering and telemetry equipment for ag and water pumping customers to improve load management. This includes equipment used for irrigation scheduling.

To be eligible, the projects must demonstrate that the electricity load will be shifted or reduced during the peak times of 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday for the months of June through September.

For more information about the program, or to apply for the incentive funds, dairy producers can call the Fresno State Center for Irrigation Technology at (866) 297-3029. Application forms can be downloaded at:

California Department of Food and Agriculture