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Cannabis and Cleantech: Legal Marijuana Is Opening Up a New Market for Renewable Microgrids

It's often said that electric vehicles are the key to bringing back load growth for utilities in the U.S. But maybe there’s another way: Marijuana. After the November election, seven states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana for recreational use. In the early states that legalized, energy use is already growing . In Washington state and Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized for years, utilities are seeing a spike in electricity consumption. In Denver, for example, cannabis growers account for 2 percent of electricity use. In Washington state, grow operations could suck up more electricity than electric cars over the coming decades. This may pose challenges to utilities , which are seeing increased outages and may have trouble addressing cannabis cultivation head-on because of the conflict between state and federal laws. It also presents an opp...

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