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California Efficient Yields PG&E Workshop 5: Putting It All Together: Case Studies in Efficiency

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Turning Great Ideas into a Prioritized Facility Improvement Plan

The history of managing living systems using technology is fraught with examples of unintended consequences that have endangered our planet’s environment, such as pesticide contamination and algal blooms. This final workshop in our California Efficient Yields series will allow participants to think holistically, how the sum of the design and componentry impact water and energy consumption and emissions. Participants will learn of the Energy-Water Nexus: the water required to create our energy and the energy required to bring us clean water. Key performance indicators for resource efficiency will be identified, and ways to measure and track them year over year demonstrated. Experts will share insightful case studies of projects that improved resource efficiency without sacrificing profit margin or, in some cases, improving it. This workshop will allow producers to bring together the best  ideas for their facility into an improvement plan, whether it is a traditional greenhouse or indoor farm. Even the simplest facilities can be made more resource efficient through best practices, and the sheer number of them create a ripple effect across the industry. More advanced facilities will pioneer new proven technologies for cultivation or renewables. All participants will better understand how to partner with utilities, vendors and outside professionals to build their ideas into an efficient reality.


Topical areas include:

  • Efficiency recommendations by CEA facility type

  • Energy-Water Nexus

  • Measuring water and energy usage 

  • Energy Monitoring Tool Lending Programs

  • Developing and tracking efficiency KPIs

  • Prioritizing and planning projects

  • Case studies of successful efficiency improvements

  • Partnering with utilities

  • New technology on the horizon


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn best practices for traditional and advanced CEA facilities management

  • Understand the Water Energy Nexus and how it impacts your facility

  • Prioritize and plan construction, retrofits and equipment upgrades

  • Learn the measurement of water and energy usage and tracking KPIs


Target audience:

  • Cultivators

  • Operations & Facility Staff

  • Design & Construction Partners

  • Property Owners

  • Utility & Government Representatives

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