AMI stands for “Advanced Metering Infrastructure.” AMI is equipment that connects to (or is built into) a flowmeter and allows extraction information to be wirelessly sent to a central data storage center.
If your groundwater well is required to have a meter, then it is required to have AMI. The deadlines to install AMI are as follows:
An incentive program is available for agricultural wells that are in compliance with all FCGMA regulations, including current flowmeter calibration, and have no outstanding surcharges, unpaid fees, or fines. Well owners/operators wishing to take advantage of the incentive must use Ranch Systems as their vendor. Incentive amounts vary depending on whether Water Market participation is selected and the order that the AMI/Water Market incentive application is received. Incentive amounts are greater for Water Market participants and early applicants.
To review your well’s compliance status please log into FCGMA Online.
Yes. Well, owners and operators are free to use any AMI vendor of their choosing as long as the equipment meets the technical requirements outlined in the Resolution. However, to qualify for the AMI incentive, you must use Ranch Systems.
The Agency does not have an “approved” vendor list to allow well owners and operators flexibility in choosing a vendor. Any AMI vendor can be used as long as the equipment meets the technical requirements outlined in the Resolution.
The requirement to install AMI equipment does not change reporting requirements. Well owners/operators must still file their semi-annual reporting statements as before.
Meter calibration must be current whether or not you receive an AMI incentive. You will not be allowed to register for incentives or enroll in the Water Market Pilot until calibration is current.
AMI equipment obtained through the incentive program must remain with the well where it was originally installed.
Because AMI equipment is required to remain with the original well, equipment ownership will be assigned to the well owner upon installation.
No. Water Market enrollment is voluntary and not required, but may provide a beneficial option for your business to temporarily sell your unused water allocation to another grower or buy water allocations for your use.
The Ranch Systems AMI package is designed to adapt to a variety of existing flowmeters provided there is an odometer display on the front face. The odometer display image is captured with a rugged outdoor camera while still allowing for visual confirmation of the flow rate. The camera allows mechanical flowmeters to be retrofitted with AMI equipment. Ranch Systems AMI equipment works with flow volume totalizer, mechanical indicator totalizer, or digital indicator totalizer. Examples of compatible meter manufacturers include, but are not limited to, the following:
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The annual cost for each station and associated Ranch System Cloud Server access is $240.00. The cost includes equipment service calls, software maintenance, and warranty. The cost does not change with Water Market participation.
Non-Ranch Systems equipment users wishing to participate in the Water Market would incur an annual service fee of $120 solely for data hosting and management.
The system functions by capturing an image of the flowmeter odometer display and transmitting that information to the Ranch Systems Cloud Server. A cellular telemetry station is included in each AMI package, allowing for wireless data transmission. Captured images are translated to a data points. This design allows for universal interfacing with any type of flowmeter, including existing mechanical meters, providing a cost savings by avoiding replacement of meters. Meter data will be accessible by users from their PC or smartphone. More information can be found on Ranch Systems’ website.
The Ranch Systems AMI package can adapt to a variety of existing flowmeters. Pulse or analog output is not required.
The RS130 is a basic AMI package and cannot accommodate additional sensors. Operators expecting to add additional sensors should purchase an RS300 for the initial AMI installation. The RS300 allows for additional sensors and expansion devices to be connected, such soil moisture probes and water level sensors.
Information access varies depending on the user’s access level. The well operator/equipment owner will have full access. The Water Market Exchange administrator will have access to daily extractions. The Agency will be able to see a total monthly extraction and system alert notifications.
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The Water Market Pilot is a test market for agricultural pumpers in the Oxnard and Forebay basin where pumpers can buy additional pumping allocation or sell unused pumping allocation. Anyone enrolled in the pilot can buy or sell water allocations. The Water Market Pilot runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Offers to sell allocation and bids to buy allocation are submitted through the Ranch Systems data portal. Enrollment of participants in the market and matching of bids and offers are facilitated by a third party Exchange Administrator, California Lutheran University. The Agency may make the water market permanent beginning the next water year.
One-time enrollment fees are $700 for the first well and $300 for each additional well. AMI & Water Market Incentive money may be used to cover the cost of enrolling in the water market. The first 200 wells to register for AMI installation who also request participation in the water market qualify to receive up to an additional $1,000 incentive, which can be used to purchase additional AMI hardware or cover enrollment fees.
Yes, if the AMI hardware meets the technical requirements outlined in the Resolution, it will allow you to participate in the Water Market. A well owner/operator would need to transmit daily pumping data to the Ranch Systems data portal and pay a service charge of $10 per month to Ranch Systems to cover the cost of hosting your AMI data. Offers to sell allocation and bids to buy allocation will be submitted through the Ranch Systems data portal.
The following AMI system requirements must be met:
In addition, the financial incentives received by water market participants are paid without any strings attached. Additional incentive money will be paid whether or not a market participant chooses to buy or sell allocation.
Pilot participants receive a one-year Market Allocation equal to 100% of their total allowed pumping in 2014/15. Any unused portion may be traded in whole acre-feet. When you request enrollment in the Water Market, you will receive notification of your Market Allocation (the total allowed pumping during the period of the Pilot). Upon learning your allocation for the Pilot, you can still choose not to participate. No enrollment fees will be charged in that case.
Both buyer and seller pay a fee of 2% for each trade to the Exchange Administrator for administrative costs (4% total).
The pumping allocation will be transferred to the buyer’s well for the current water year. The buyer will pump the additional water from his/her own well.
The pumping allocation will be transferred to your well for the current water year. As the buyer, you will pump the additional water from your own well.
No. Transfers of pumping allocation are temporary and only apply to the Pilot’s program period (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018). Transfers of allocation during the Pilot will have no effect on allocations in future years.
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It depends. If the water well used is a new installation and did not replace another water well, then the well is not eligible to participate in the Water Market. If the water well replaced another well and the replaced well was subsequently destroyed, then the replaced well must have reported extractions for the 2014/2015 water year for the new well to be eligible for the Water Market. Even if a well is not eligible for the Water Market, it may still be eligible for the AMI only incentive.
An area designated by the Agency as subject to seawater intrusion for the purpose of the Pilot. Participants in the SIA can buy from other participants in the area, and only sell to pumpers north of the 101 highway. No transfer shall be approved that results in an increase in market allocation for an extraction facility located in the SIA area.
An area designated by the Agency as a pumping trough for the purpose of the Pilot. Participants in the PTA can buy from other participants in the area, and only sell to pumpers north of the 101 highway. No transfer shall be approved that results in an increase in market allocation for an extraction facility located in the PTA area.