Energy and water consumption of Pacific Northwest irrigation systems

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Irrigation in the Pacific Northwest is an energy-intensive process which represents a major part of the total energy used in farm level food production. Since 1950, several major developments have precipitated pronounced increases in irrigation energy requirements. For example, the invention of efficient high-lift pumps, labor-saving equipment, new uses for irrigation sprinklers, and profitable cropping patterns have substantially escalated irrigation energy consumption in the Pacific Northwest in the past 25 years. Until recently, energy prices have remained relatively low and constant. The next 25 years will continue to experience advanced irrigation technologies. In addition to technological development, however, the cost ... continued below

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King, L.D.; Wensink, R.B.; Wolfe, J.W. & Shearer, M.N. September 1, 1977.

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  • Pacific Northwest Laboratory
    Publisher Info: Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, Wash. (USA)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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Irrigation in the Pacific Northwest is an energy-intensive process which represents a major part of the total energy used in farm level food production. Since 1950, several major developments have precipitated pronounced increases in irrigation energy requirements. For example, the invention of efficient high-lift pumps, labor-saving equipment, new uses for irrigation sprinklers, and profitable cropping patterns have substantially escalated irrigation energy consumption in the Pacific Northwest in the past 25 years. Until recently, energy prices have remained relatively low and constant. The next 25 years will continue to experience advanced irrigation technologies. In addition to technological development, however, the cost of energy and water will certainly rise while their availabilities become increasingly constrained. The depletion of ground water in several parts of the United States could also potentially increase the irrigation burden of the Pacific Northwest. Lastly, parts of the Pacific Northwest water supply are directly convertible to energy via hydroelectric generation. This study proposes to make realistic projections relative to present and future interactions of the above components.

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  • Report No.: BNWL-RAP-19
  • Grant Number: EY-76-C-06-1830
  • DOI: 10.2172/5023972 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5023972
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1057537

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  • September 1, 1977

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King, L.D.; Wensink, R.B.; Wolfe, J.W. & Shearer, M.N. Energy and water consumption of Pacific Northwest irrigation systems, report, September 1, 1977; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1057537/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.