Submitted to: Irrigation Journal
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 1999
Publication Date: December 31, 1999
Citation: Clark, R.N. 2000. Irrigators to choose their electric companies. Irrigation Journal. Nov/Dec 1999. pp. 10, 14-15. Technical Abstract: The electric utility industry is in the midst of major changes as retail competition is introduced into the electric industry across the United States. Often labeled as electric utility restructuring, the changes are being driven by consumers wanting to have the freedom to choose a supplier for their electric power. As of July 1999, 20 states have established firm mplans to introduce retail competition. Presently, most electric utilities have a special rate structure for irrigation because of the high energy demand and short usage of time. One can only speculate what a new competitive rate structure might involve since the main irrigation use coincides with other high usage times. Irrigators will need to investigate their options for competitive electric service and select the one which will provide the lowest cost power with dependable service. Some irrigators may want to investigate becoming an energy generator by purchasing a renewable generating system powered by wind or biomass. They could generate their own power for irrigation and then supply 'green power' during the non-irrigation season. Several options may be available for irrigators, and each state or service area will be different.