The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) plans to increase energy efficiency over the next 10 years and is required by the California Energy Commission to update their efficiency goals every three years.
The vast majority of potential energy efficiency savings come from, and are planned to come from, non-residential (industrial and commercial) customers, specifically in the area of lighting.
Lighting is the area that has the greatest potential for savings in both non-residential and residential.
While TID reported potential energy efficiency savings upwards of about 40 percent, only about 2 percent is achievable.
The updated adopted goals for 2010-2019 fell short of the goals set forth by the TID Board in 2007 as they expected savings of more than 40 percent from 2011 through 2013.
As the bulk of savings could come from non-residential customers, big blocks of savings are typically achieved through capital facility projects such as upgrades or renovations. With the down economy, there aren’t many projects where TID staff can capitalize on those opportunities to help with energy efficiency saving recommendations.
For 2010, TID is looking to meet an energy efficiency savings goal of .65 percent of the District’s total load of megawatt hours, equaling 13,285 MWh in savings. The highest single year projected savings through the next 10 years would be .83 percent in 2016.
TID plans to meet energy efficiency goals for residential through customer education, identifying potential ways a customer can save energy, the Energy Wise – Education Program, and community outreach.
As far as non-residential, TID plans to help save energy by automated energy, energy audits, and rebate programs for motors, refrigeration (“Keep Your Cool Program”), and dairy design assistance.
Research Development and Demonstration is another way TID is working to promote energy efficiency. The solar panels over TID’s own parking garage are an example of the District’s efforts to demonstrate efficiency while educating customers.
For every dollar TID spent on energy efficiency in 2009, it resulted in a $3.61 savings.
Ultimately, for TID to meet its goals, the District requires customer participation and TID staff told the TID Board that they can’t force customers to make energy efficiency saving changes.
TID Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the energy efficiency goals for 2010-2019.