Partners: Energy & Resource Solutions, ACEEE, D+R International, Resource Innovation Institute
This research project aimed to help ComEd better promote energy efficiency to indoor agribusiness, determine the current marketplace’s baselines and standard practices and evaluate the challenges and opportunities the indoor agribusiness sector faces in the ComEd service territory.
With the passage of HB 1438, the indoor agriculture sector is expected to grow significantly in the ComEd service territory in the coming years. This study is an important first step in understanding not only the impact this will have on ComEd’s grid, but also what baselines and standard practices are currently observed in the industry and what role energy efficiency can play. The project team gained first-person insights through primary and secondary research methods, including interviewing growers in the ComEd service territory.
Results and Outcomes
Although it proved more difficult than anticipated to reach growers in Illinois, the research provided insight into the impacts of HB 1438 and the current equipment and standard practices in use today in the controlled environmental agriculture sector in Illinois for lighting, HVAC, dehumidification and irrigation. It also described the potential non-energy benefits of energy efficiency in indoor agriculture and provided actionable recommendations for ComEd on how to effectively reach and engage with indoor growers.