We are seeking speakers for our Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop, which will examine the increase in electricity demand that may be expected from increased cannabis cultivation in California.
The workshop is set for February 28, 2017, from 1 p.m.-5:15 p.m. in our Auditorium at 505 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.
Cannabis is an energy intensive crop when grown indoors. According to a 2012 study, conducted when medical cannabis was legal in California but recreational cannabis was still prohibited, indoor cannabis cultivation is responsible for about 3 percent of California’s electricity consumption, which is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 1 million California homes.
On November 9, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis by adults. Given the electricity use attributable to cannabis cultivation noted above, an increase in cannabis cultivation may be a significant driver of electricity consumption in California.
Other states have experienced an increase in electricity demand after legalizing recreational cannabis. For example, half of load growth in Colorado is now attributable to new cannabis cultivation. This workshop is designed to explore the opportunities for ensuring that expected load growth associated with cannabis cultivation in California is consistent with California’s clean energy goals.
After the workshop, CPUC staff will issue a report summarizing the workshop and making recommendations for the CPUC’s consideration.
We are soliciting stakeholders to participate on the panels. Any stakeholder interested in participating should contact April Mulqueen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rebecca Lee (email@example.com).
See the agenda for the workshop on our website.