To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance announced a five-fold increase in the number of annual energy-efficient projects at California wineries and vineyards since 2005, when CSWA and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) began cosponsoring energy efficiency workshops designed for the wine industry.
Over the last four years, 359 energy-efficiency projects resulted in California wineries receiving $6.25 million in PG&E rebates, and eliminated 30,371 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
These projects have saved California wineries 55,310,681 kilowatt-hours in energy, the equivalent of removing 4,226 from the road for one year.
“Energy efficiency is one of 14 sustainable winegrowing areas that the CSWA program promotes,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. Koch. “Since CSWA’s establishment six years ago, 1,500 vintners and growers have participated in the sustainable winegrowing program, representing 60 percent of California’s wine production and winegrape acreage.”