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On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program (OFECP)

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In October 2003, Imperial Irrigation District entered into the Quantification Settlement Agreement and Related Agreements. As part of these agreements, IID agreed to a long-term transfer of water to the San Diego County Water Authority and the Coachella Valley Water District. To enable IID to meet its water transfer obligations pursuant to the agreements, IID and its agricultural water customers need to develop a total of 303,000 acre-feet of water per year through an integrated program of on-farm and delivery system conservation. In addition to its water transfer obligations, IID may use water conserved through certain approved conservation measures to satisfy the requirements of the Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Policy and create conserved water as Intentionally Created Surplus.

IID QSA Water Use

The On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program is being implemented to further IID’s commitment to efficient water use by contracting with water customers to achieve efficiency conservation goals and meet QSA water transfer requirements as well as any IID overrun payback obligations. Landowners and tenants voluntarily propose conservation measures, delivery reduction volume, contract duration, and a cropping plan for IID consideration. After review and consultation, IID accepts proposals until conservation obligations are fulfilled. The price for on-farm efficiency conservation is set by the IID Board of Directors, and staff implements an open solicitation until IID’s conservation obligations are met.

For information regarding the current on-farm efficiency conservation solicitation and a program description, forms, and sample contracts, please click here.

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OFECP Status Report [PDF]
OFECP Description [PDF]

Provisional OFECP Participation status $/AF
2019-2020 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019  $125/AF
2018-2019 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019 $285/AF, $125/AF
2017-2018 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019 $285/AF
2016-2017 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019 $285/AF
2015-2016 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019
2014-2015 On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Solicitation 11-4-2019
2013-2014 Pilot On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program 11-4-2015 $285/AF
2013 Pilot On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program 9-10-2015 $285/AF

For an extended list of On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program related documents, please visit the IID water library.

Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding for On-Farm Conservation Projects

The Imperial Irrigation District collects back-feed power service payments and limited waiver fees from generating facilities located within IID’s service area. On March 4, 2014, the IID Board directed that these monies be utilized solely to fund the expansion of the rural energy distribution system in support of on-farm water conservation projects.

Final Rural Energy Distribution System Guidelines:

  1. Funds must be used for projects that expand the existing rural electrical system and provide increased electrical service/revenues from agriculture customers.

  2. Funds are limited to projects participating in IID’s on-farm efficiency conservation program or facilitating an on-farm conservation method.

  3. Project funding is limited each year to the annual backfeed power service revenues (approximately $600,000 per year).

  4. An annual application period will be established for project funding requests, after which applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis if annual funding remains available.

  5. Annual funding cap of $100,000 per farm-unit.

  6. IID’s cost-share capped at 75 percent of the electrical upgrade, not to exceed $75,000.

  7. Project costs in excess of $100,000 are the customer’s responsibility.

  8. Annual funding limitations will also apply to farm units.

  9. An application review committee will be established to review and rank submittals and recommend funding awards.

  10. Funding awards must be utilized within one calendar year of application approval and are contingent upon payment in full of the project balance.

To apply for funding, please complete the Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding Application posted below. For more information, contact Mike Pacheco at (760)339-9287 or by email.

Applications for project proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis; however beginning in 2017 two application periods of January 1 through February 15 and July 1 through August 15 will apply for purposes of annual funding decisions. Proposed project applications received after the February 15 and August 15 deadlines will continue to be eligible for funding consideration as monies are available, or will be rolled into the next funding period for consideration. Funding decisions will prioritize cost-effective applications and are intended to benefit the widest pool of applicants. 


Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding Guidelines [PDF] 03/19/2018
Rural Energy System Distribution Expansion Funding Application [PDF] 03/19/2018