Can Utilities Help Reduce the Marijuana Industry’s Carbon Footprint?

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Now That Growing Pot Is Legal, Can It Also Be More Energy Efficient?

OPB, January 28, 2015

Marijuana growing operations use as much electricity per square foot as data centers.
Marijuana growing operations use as much electricity per square foot as data centers.

Marijuana growing operations can be major power hogs. Now that they’re legal in Oregon and Washington, experts are looking for ways to make them more energy efficient.

Indoor pot growing operations use as much electricity per square foot as data centers, according to energy attorney Richard Lorenz with Cable Huston.

“Just growing four marijuana plants uses as much energy as running 29 refrigerators,” he said. “The carbon output is incredible.”

But growers don’t want to sacrifice the quality of their product to save energy, according to John Morris, policy and regulatory affairs director for the energy-efficiency consulting firm CLEAResult.

Lorenz and Morris spoke at an Oregon Environmental Business Council event Wednesday in Portland that focused on the power demands of legal marijuana.

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