CPUC releases new report on energy impacts of cannabis

Cannabis is an energy intensive crop when grown indoors. 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. In February, the California Energy Comission (CEC) held a workshop designed to explore opportunities for ensuring that expected load growth associated with cannabis cultivation in California is consistent with California’s clean energy goals. Presentations from that workshop along with a new CEC companion report are now available.