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Round Table: Energy Efficiency and Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

Round Table: Energy Efficiency and Cannabis Cultivation Facilities


Kathleen Stanley,  781/799-5351

Timothy Egan,  617-201-6462


With the growth of the cannabis industry changing the field of environmental sustainability, the time is now for discussing its impact on our energy and water usage.  The Association of Energy Engineers, New England Chapter, has assembled experts with direct experience in the engineering of cannabis facilities for a full-day event at UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center on December 6.

Leading experts will talk about the energy impact of recent law changes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Canada as they affect our energy grid. Commissioner Katherine Doyle of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) will keynote.  This conference should be of interest to the efficiency community, and to those interested in indoor agriculture. To register:

“The Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter views this growing industry as having substantial and long lasting impacts on the energy sector; therefore, we welcome the opportunity to host this important conference” said Kathleen Stanley, Chair of AEE’s Technical Round Table Series.

The cannabis business in Massachusetts is expected to be a $1 billion business by 2021, employing 20,000 people, developing virtually overnight.  Because it is cultivated indoors, cannabis cultivation has very intensive energy use requirements – energy costs for cultivators are often 20-40% of operating costs. Since it was legalized in Colorado in 2014, nearly 4% of Denver’s TOTAL electricity is now devoted to marijuana.

Massachusetts has adopted strict regulations regarding energy use by cultivators.  The CCC oversees a working group of state agencies to help develop best practices regarding energy efficiency and resource usage by cannabis facilities.

“The state’s policymakers and this new industry need the expertise of the energy design and engineering community to maintain Massachusetts’ standing as the #1 energy-efficient state.” said AEE New England President Paul Wassink of National Grid. “Thanks to the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, for hosting this event, to our luncheon sponsor/exhibitor SkyFoundry and all our other exhibitors for their support in bringing this important discussion to life.”

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