08 Apr '11, 2pm

Marijuana, Top US Crop, Has a $5B Power Bill: Dude. This might harsh your mellow. About $5 billion in power

Marijuana, Top US Crop, Has a $5B Power Bill: Dude. This might harsh your mellow. About $5 billion in power

photo by El Pablo from Flickr creative commons Dude. This might harsh your mellow. About $5 billion in power is used each year in the U.S. to grow cannabis indoors , according to a recent report . Put another way, 20 terawatt-hours per year, one percent of national electricity consumption, or the output of seven large power plants is devoted to make Pink Floyd sound interesting and keep the Denny's graveyard shift in business. In contrast, data centers consume about two percent of the nation's electric power. These figures some from a just-released report from the consulting firm of Spicoli , Marley , Chong and Marin. Just kidding. The report is from a reputable source; Evan Mills, the author, has worked as an energy and environmental systems analyst since the early 1980s. His specialties are energy efficiency in buildings and industry and the intersection of energy techno...

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