California pot growers now eligible for energy discounts offered to other farmers – Cannabis News

In a decision that illustrates how just how far marijuana has moved into the mainstream, California’s largest public utility said it would now offer pot growers the same discounts on energy that it provides other farmers.

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Legal Pot Farmers Hope to Grow a Green Energy Revolution – Cannabis News

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.

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Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights – Cannabis News

As cannabis has increasingly gone legitimate, electric utilities have struggled to cope with the intensive energy demands of the proliferating industry.

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Austin, Texas company lights way for cannabis industry – Cannabis News

For the third time in three years, Fluence Bioengineering, an Austin company that makes lights for indoor plant growing, has moved into a yet-bigger manufacturing facility.

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Now growing at the University of Louisville: Hemp – Cannabis News

In Kentucky, the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has started growing industrial hemp in an effort to spur its fuels and manufacturing research.

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Task force looks at energy, water use related to marijuana production – Cannabis News

A task force in Oregon, studying energy and water use associated with marijuana production, is likely to recommend that the state do more to educate growers about existing agricultural rules and practices, as well as back a certification process that encourages Oregon's new industry to pay closer attention how it uses natural resources.

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The surprisingly huge energy footprint of the booming marijuana industry – Marijuana News

As legal marijuana markets continue to expand in the United States, some experts are arguing that growers have both the need and the opportunity to make their operations, well, greener.

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As Pot-Growing Expands, Electricity Demands Tax U.S. Grids – Marijuana News

A 1,000-watt bulb, Image: Matthew Staver, Bloomberg

Pot’s not green. The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.

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Oregon utility offers help to cannabis growers after wave of outages - Marijuana News

Cannabis buds at an indoor grow operation. Image: WeedWorthy.com

An Oregon electric utility said on Thursday that residents growing light-craving marijuana plants indoors have sparked a wave of small-scale outages, prompting the company to offer expert help in setting up their home-growing operations.

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Uprooting the cannabis industry’s lighting technology

An Errba COAS™ (Cannabis Optimal Absorption Spectrum) LED panel. Image via Errba Spectrum

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LED lamps, while still controversial, are being touted by some cannabis entrepreneurs as a low-energy, environmentally-friendly way to control the industry’s costs.

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Marijuana-growing spikes Denver electric demand, challenges clean-power plan

Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11. Marijuana growing facilities contributed to the city's energy use increase. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
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Metro Denver’s surging legal marijuana industry means surging energy usage in the region.
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