12 Apr '11, 8pm

Marijuana Growing Gobbles Electricity, Study Finds

Jim Wilson/The New York Times Marijuana growing in a converted bedroom in a house in Humboldt County, Calif. Don’t bogart that megawatt, my friend. A new study estimates that indoor pot-growing operations in the United States burn about $5 billion worth of electricity annually, or roughly 1 percent of national power consumption. That’s enough electricity to power two million average homes. The electricity use of the typical grow operation approaches 200 watts per square foot, on par with the power usage of a modern computer data center, Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and author of the study, said in a statement. (The study was completed in his free time and without federal funds, Dr. Mills added.) The study estimated that a single joint contains the equivalent of roughly two pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of runni...

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