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Title: Water, energy, and farm production

Electric utility rate deregulation can have disproportionate impacts on water-intensive crops, which have historically relied upon pressurized irrigation technologies and surface water resources. Based on a case study of agricultural growers in southern California, the paper models the impacts of utility rates considered in the Western Area Power Administration`s Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region. The study was performed as part of the 2004 Power Marketing Program Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The empirical results reflect linear-programming estimates of the income transfers from growers to energy providers based on county-wide coverage of 13 junior and senior irrigation districts and short-run production possibilities of 11 irrigated crops. Transfers of income from growers to energy suppliers occur through their losses in producer surplus.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
236268
Report Number(s):
PNNL--11136
ON: DE96010268; TRN: 96:003280
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Apr 1996
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; CROPS; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; IRRIGATION; COST; RATE STRUCTURE; DEREGULATION; FARMS; ECONOMIC IMPACT; CALIFORNIA; INCOME; LOSSES; MARKETING; WATER RESOURCES; WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION