Yes, but they didn’t inhale the electricity…
Pot growers inhale 1% of U.S. electricity, exhale GHGs of 3Million cars — study
Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter
Indoor marijuana cultivation consumes enough electricity to power 2 million average-sized U.S. homes, which corresponds to about 1 percent of national power consumption, according to a study by a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Researcher Evan Mills’ study notes that cannabis production has largely shifted indoors, especially in California, where medical marijuana growers use high-intensity lights usually reserved for operating rooms that are 500 times more powerful that a standard reading lamp.
Click here to read Mills’ study:
ENERGY UP IN SMOKE
THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF INDOOR CANNABIS PRODUCTION
In California, the top-producing state, indoor cultivation is responsible for about 3% of all electricity use or 8% of household use, somewhat higher than estimates previously made for British Columbia. This corresponds to the electricity use of 1 million average California homes, greenhouse-gas emissions equal to those from 1 million average cars, and energy expenditures of $3 billion per year. Due to higher electricity prices and cleaner fuels used to make electricity, California incurs 70% of national energy costs but contributes only 20% of national CO2 emissions from indoor Cannabis cultivation.
But today, Moonbeam Governor Brown plans to sign a renewable energy mandate sure to bring on supply reliability problems.
Maybe when the potheads start complaining they can’t produce enough “medical marijuana” to satisfying the needs of the “afflicted” in California, “Moonbeam” might realize what terrible damage he’s done to the state’s number one cash crop.
With unreliable electricity for growlights, looks like the pot rescue of California’s economy is up in smoke.
Time to leave California, it’s just gotten too freaking weird here.