Energy

 

  • Where Wineries Use Energy
  • Energy Costs
  • Efficiency First
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Energy Storage

 

Where Wineries Use Energy

  • Air Compressors 
  • Wine Transfer Pumps
  • Glycol Pumps and Compressors
  • Bottling Equipment
  • Crush Pad Equipment
  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Wastewater Treatment

 

Energy Costs

Energy costs are often considered the cost of doing business.  However, large opportunities exist to reduce energy expenses and use with new technology, smarter scheduling, procedure changes and improved communication.

 

For electricity in California the following three factors determine your electricity costs.

Usage kWh - How much electricity your facility uses in a billing period.

Demand Charges - Demand charges can make up 30% or higher of electricity costs for a large facility.  This cost is based on the highest use in a 15 minute interval.  

Time of Use - Time of Use costs are based on when electricity is used and can increase to almost 3 times the cost during peak times.

Efficiency First

Analyzing energy use can yield insights into how a facility uses energy and where opportunities exist to reduce energy use and energy costs.  

Efficiency opportunities should always be pursued before add renewable energy to a location.

Renewable Energy 

Renewable energy can offset or eliminate the need to pull electricity from the grid.  Costs for renewable energy systems have continued to fall making this a great investment.  

Onsite electricity generation can cut costs, create positive PR and can provides a price hedge against the annual fluctuations in the cost of electricity.   

Energy Storage

Energy storage like the Tesla batteries featured below represents a new tool to offset electricity use. 

These batteries can be used to reduce grid sourced electricity during peak pricing periods, take advantage of demand response events or to store excess electricity generated from on-site renewables for later use.