The Food Production Investment Program (FPIP), originally established in 2018 under the California Climate Investment Program, has provided up to $117.8 million in grants to help food producers reduce GHG emissions through the adoption of advanced energy technologies. In 2022, Assembly Bill (AB) 209 (Chapter 251, Statues of 2021) provided funding to continue the program with $25 million in the fiscal year 2022-2023 and an additional $40 million proposed in the fiscal year 2023-2024. With this new funding, the program will continue to encourage California food producers to invest in new advanced technologies and equipment that provide significant benefits to the electrical grid, maximize the reduction of GHG emissions, and/or reduce air pollution in under-resourced communities.
The food processing industry is one of California’s largest energy users and a significant producer of GHG emissions. FPIP strives to:
- Help California food processors work towards a low-carbon future,
- Demonstrate reliability and effectiveness of advanced energy and decarbonization technologies and strategies,
- Enhance and benefit the electrical grid, especially during net peak periods, and
- Benefit or improve public health and the environment, particularly in priority populations.