Water & Energy Nexus Initiative

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage funded NSW Farmers to conduct a study into the connection between energy costs and usage, and water-efficient irrigation practices.

The project involved desk top research coupled with a series of focused interviews with industry stakeholders (irrigators, engineers, policy makers)

The aims of the study were to:

  • Clarify anecdotal evidence that high energy costs, particularly for electricity, were a barrier to adoption and usage of water efficient, pressurised irrigation systems.
  • Seek advice from industry opinion leaders as the kind of program that would assist the irrigation sector in addressing the challenges
  • Develop recommendations for Government 

Following publication of the project report, NSW Farmers has collaborated with National Irrigators Council and its members bodies to seek funding for a national program as recommended by the study.



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