Research Focus Areas
Agriculture and Food Processing Research
California's agriculture, food processing and beverage industries are diverse and dynamic sectors of the state's economy. These sectors are also significant consumers of California's water and energy. Air pollution and waste management are key considerations for long-term protection of California's environment and public health.
The following two pie charts show the breakout of agricultural water-related electricity versus other water-related electricity consumption in California. Water-related electricity use is 48 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year, nearly 20% of California's total electricity consumption. Agricultural water-related electricity is 10 TWh per year, approximately one fifth of water-related electricity and 4% of California's total electricity consumption.