A study estimated a single, indoor marijuana plant takes the equivalent of 70 gallons of oil to grow. Energy demand at Colorado’s largest utility grew about 2 percent after marijuana was legalized.
The cannabis industry’s thirst for energy has been well documented, with a majority of commercial cultivations burning electricity indoors because of local laws banning outdoor grows.
Forward-thinking companies are pushing the cannabis industry to employ a variety of techniques and technologies to reduce energy consumption, cut down operating expenses and be more environmentally friendly
True story: pot’s not green
Microgrids for the cannabis industry could solve the industry’s energy hog problem — and help utilities grappling with increases in demand in states where cannabis is legal.
Electricity-intensive cannabis production has a big carbon footprint, but with legalization, some eco-conscious growers want to make pot a shining model of sustainability.
Scale Energy Solutions, is a new company formed by entrepreneurs from Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the United States Air Force Academy, to serve the energy needs of the indoor cultivation sector of the legal cannabis industry.
On this week’s Energy Gang podcast, we talk about the financial opportunity and risks associated with energy management in the cannabis industry.