Denver’s dope habit leads to high power demand

Around 45% of Denver’s power growth is coming from its booming legal marijuana industry! Denver officials said last week at a forum on energy use the electricity used by the marijuana […]

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Around 45% of Denver’s power growth is coming from its booming legal marijuana industry!

Denver officials said last week at a forum on energy use the electricity used by the marijuana industry presents a new efficiency challenge as the city aims to cap energy use at 2012 levels.

City energy staffers appealed to a US Department of Energy undersecretary at the forum for assistance in adopting new technologies and practices to compensate for the rise in power demand.

As about half of the country has legalized medical marijuana and a handful have signed off on recreational use, the large power demands of the industry have begun to tax power grids around the nation.

In Boulder County, Colorado, pot growers were charged an additional 2.16 cents/kWh last year to help offset greenhouse gas emissions.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has estimated the power needed to grow four plants is about the same as what is needed to power 29 refrigerators.