Report: Marijuana cultivation can be ‘burden’ to power providers

A new report from an energy research nonprofit has concluded that indoor cannabis cultivators use so much electricity that it could prove to be a “burden” to utility companies, as well as the regulators that oversee them.

The report, by Denver-based EQ Research, recommended that public utility companies and government officials act to balance the needs of both cannabis growers and the rest of their customers, given that the industry is already using billions of dollars a year in electricity.

The nonprofit noted that indoor growers’ energy use “is on par with data centers, which are themselves 50 to 200 times more energy-intense than a typical office building.”

EQ recommended that utilities ensure that indoor growers – which use the most energy – “know how much energy they are using, when they are using it, and when it is most expensive to use.” EQ also recommended enacting efficiency rebates, incentives for growers to increase energy efficiency and revisiting grid connection policies and costs for upgrades.

For utility commissions and other government agencies, the report suggested encouraging “collaboration between utilities and growers,” clean-energy use, financing opportunities for growers to invest in renewable energy, and more.

One comment on “Report: Marijuana cultivation can be ‘burden’ to power providers
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    A new push for solar power is one obvious response to this colossal energy consumption by indoor cannabis growers/extractors/processors. Since China has the largest supply (over 95 percent) of rare-earth metals, which are vital to the manufacture of solar panels and practically all modern technological gadgets, good relations with Chinese leaders will equal a stable “green” economy for many years to come (yet substantial concern arises around the destructive mining practices involved in rare-earth production). Here in my home state of New York, a physician named Kyle Kingsley has some bright ideas. Dr. Kingsley is chief executive of Minnesota and New York medical grower Vireo Health, and he deserves much praise for planning the transformation of an abandoned juvenile detention facility in Fulton County, NY into a state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation business that utilizes solar and geothermal power. Dr. Kingsley deserves nothing but scorn, though, for his very public campaign of deriding “cannabis enthusiasts,” the widely condemned “recreational” consumers, not one of whom should be entitled to grow their own plants as they see fit, he clearly thinks. If only Dr. Kingsley cared as much about personal freedom for all Americans as he does about his own personal profits.

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