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By - Jon Brown

The Canadian Cannabis Energy Challenge
Power Industry Due Diligence for Canada’s Legal Marijuana Market
April 23-24, 2018 | Burnaby, BC

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Overview

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to make non-medical cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018.  While the Cannabis Act provides for the federal government to regulate commercial production, provinces and territories will have authority (as they do also for tobacco and liquor) to regulate certain aspects, including:

  • Distribution
  • Retail sales
  • How and where it can be sold
  • Where it can be consumed in the province
  • And a range of other matters

It is not well known that the cannabis industry is an extremely energy-intensive industry, and arguably one of the most unsustainable growing industries in the world today.  Indoor-growing facilities require massive amounts of energy for lighting, venting and de-humidification.  Communities where cannabis was first legalized at the recreational level — such as the U.S. states of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon — have struggled to find effective solutions to manage the industry’s enormous energy requirements. In 2012, even before the legalization wave started in earnest in the U.S., one study found that legal indoor marijuana growing facilities accounted for 1% of national electricity use at a cost of roughly $6 billion per year, already rivaling energy consumption of data centers. 

This specialized conference will explore the impact on energy consumption and power operations of the upcoming legal cannabis industry in Canada.  It will focus on evaluating key considerations and planning needs that the Canadian energy industry must confront when operating in a market for medical and/or recreational marijuana grows, and discuss the special due diligence required from the power sector, regulators, and cannabis industry to collaborate on best practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the impact of the cannabis industry to utility system operations and the power grid
  • Review potential cannabis industry size on provincial and national and its impact on electricity consumption, power operations and Canada’s climate change goals
  • Discuss the unique legal, regulatory, and financing challenges for utilities as a result of the industry
  • Assess energy requirements for a typical marijuana cultivation facility — indoor, outdoor and greenhouse
  • Determine methods to improve the sustainability of marijuana cultivation and energy usage
  • Evaluate optimal engineering designs for energy efficient marijuana grow rooms
  • Review case studies and hear from power industry professionals on:
    • Energy efficiency incentives
    • Initiatives to manage energy consumption
    • Engagement and operational planning with the cannabis industry
    • Quantifying and offsetting cannabis energy consumption techniques
    • Smart-metering solutions
  • Assess tips to manage power delivery to a pipeline of new cannabis customers
  • Review how cannabis grows can be powered directly through gasified building and combined heat and power (CHP) systems
  • Evaluate transmission and distribution needs and interconnection challenges for cannabis customers
  • Assess case studies to streamline utility power hook-ups for cannabis customers
  • Review initiatives to standardize best horticultural lighting practices
  • Discuss how to design optimal utility energy efficiency incentive programs for cannabis grow operations

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.

Agenda

Monday, April 23, 2018

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:15 – 9:15 a.m. :: The Cannabis Industry Energy Challenge – Understanding the Magnitude & Impacts on the Canadian Power System

The Government of Canada is quickly moving forward to make recreational cannabis legal by July 2018, and preliminary estimates project the future market will be enormous.  Although it remains unclear what the industry will look like and how it will be regulated, the legalization initiative will certainly have profound impacts and consequences on power operations and electricity consumption throughout the country. Simultaneously, Canada is in a time of climate action – carbon pricing legislation will be introduced federally in 2018, and provinces have until the end of the year to submit their own carbon pricing plans.  This opening session will provide an overview of how the new industry will impact the Canadian power sector, discussing:

  • How will the cannabis industry impact Canada’s climate change and clean energy goals?
  • Electrical consumption of cannabis industry
  • Size of industry and projected growth in legal marijuana sales
  • Regional and national electricity consumption
  • Historical barriers to collaboration and information sharing
  • Energy challenges for power providers
    • Power grid implications
    • Load forecasting
    • Reliability
    • Varying provincial and regional policies
  • Energy challenges for the marijuana industry
    • High cost of capital
    • Utility inexperience

Rex Weyler, Co-Founder and Author, Greenpeace

John Morris, Vice President – Market Development, D+R International


9:15 – 10:15 a.m. :: Canadian Cannabis Industry Market Projections – Recreational and Medical

  • Global economic trends in the legalized marijuana market – is Canada forecasted to benefit?
  • Evaluating the scope of the legalized Canadian market
    • How big will the recreational market be? Projections on supply vs. demand
    • Is the existing medical marijuana market growing in Canada?
    • Projected numbers for sales in recreational vs. medical marijuana?
    • Export market opportunities
  • Provincial cannabis market forecasts
  • How will power rates and access to electricity impact what the market looks like?
  • Challenges for powering big facilities
  • Impacts and considerations for the medical and “gray market” cannabis producers
  • Consumer demand for sustainable and “craft” cannabis
    • Will there be an outdoor market, and what would that look like?
  • Projections for market scope for specialized cannabis products
    • Edibles
    • Ingestible oils
    • Tinctures
    • Topicals
    • Cannabis concentrates

Sarah Campbell, Director, Craft Cannabis Association of BC (CCABC)

Renee Gagnon, Founder/CEO, HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Legal Update and Managing Regulatory Uncertainty – What Utilities Need to Know at the Provincial and Federal Level

  • Current status and possible developments of Federal and provincial marijuana laws
    • Federal legal framework and the proposed Cannabis Act
    • Key objectives and goals for legalization
    • Timelines and effective dates for recreational legalization
    • Legal framework for greenhouse, indoor and outdoor grows
    • Regulations and requirements for recreational vs. medical industry
    • Home growing and industry regulations – how many plants?
    • Clean energy and carbon compliance requirements
    • Common policy frameworks and potential approaches in provinces, territories and municipalities
  • What utilities need to know and track: tips for navigating the evolving marijuana legal landscape and their impacts to their marijuana business partners
    • Managing regulatory uncertainty surrounding the outcomes of the legalized market
    • Ensuring compliance for operations, land use, zoning, and environmental issues
  • BC specific regulations impacting the medical and recreational cannabis industry
    • BC Water Act
  • What still needs to be done to develop a good framework for enforcement, government regulation, zoning, and home production requirements in British Columbia?
    • Overcoming education and knowledge gaps surrounding the cannabis industry
    • Policing with dispensaries – in operation vs. in future?
    • Engaging in effective industry and regulator collaboration

Kash Heed, Principal at Heed Consultants and former BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Chief Constable of West Vancouver Police Services, and Superintendent of Vancouver Police Department

Kathryn Holm, Chief License Inspector, City of Vancouver

Robert W. E. Laurie, General Counsel, Principal and Founder, AD Lucem Law Corp

Wally Oppal, former Attorney General – British Columbia, & Chancellor – Thompson Rivers University (invited)

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Marijuana Cultivation and Energy Consumption 101: Indoor, Greenhouse, Outdoor Grows

  • The complexity of the cannabis plant and its energy needs for growth
  • Cultivation factors
  • Equipment overview
  • Energy use factors
    • Grow style and grow medium
    • Strain differentiation – indica / sativa
    • Grow methodology
  • Nuances for indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor grows
  • HVAC impacts to power quality and optimal design for grow room efficiency
  • Marijuana growth cycle and technology/energy requirements
    • Veg
    • Clone
    • Flowering
  • Best energy usage and water management practices

Brittny Anderson, Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Cannabis Conservancy

Travis Lane, Grower at Holistek and Director of BC Independent Cannabis Association

Derek Smith, Founding Partner, Resource Innovation Institute (RII)


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. :: Horticultural Lighting and Enabling Optimal Utility Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

This session will discuss how utilities and marijuana growers can build a relationship to effectively collaborate on energy efficient solutions and managing energy load in growing facilities.  It will address:

  • Considerations for different lighting equipment
    • Balance of productivity and efficiency
    • LED applications
    • Legacy technology
  • Initiatives to reduce carbon intensity of cannabis industry
    • Supporting growers
    • Leveraging utility dollars
  • Canadian province update – energy efficiency rebates offered for cannabis customers
  • The importance of establishing a vocabulary for growers and energy companies
    • Teaching growers about electricity, peak demand, etc.
    • Teaching utilities about agriculture and plant energy requirements for growing
  • Utility case studies – working with growers to optimize energy efficiency programs
    • Energy conservation initiatives
    • Results for energy efficiency
    • Remaining challenges
  • Tips for utility account manager/grower communication
  • Update on standards in development to establish baseline metrics for horticultural lighting
  • Determining baseline standards for energy rates and access to programs
  • Financing lighting projects for cannabis grows
  • Applying standards development to utility industry and energy savings

Bob Gunn, Founder, Seinergy LLC

Peter Lillesve, Senior Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy

Paul Golden, Controlled Agriculture EnviornmentsCEA Engineer, Nexus Greenhouse Systems

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: BC Hydro – Efforts to Specifically Address Opportunities with Cannabis Grow Facilities

This session will discuss how BC Hydro, the largest utility in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is developing specific approaches to best address the utility business opportunity with cannabis grow facilities.  It will discuss:

  • Specific approaches to best address utility business opportunity with cannabis grow facilities
  • Key account management and customer engagement
  • Interconnection policies and managing interconnections
  • Overcoming challenges in the distribution queue
  • Ensuring power capacity for growers

Kymm Girgulis, Key Account Manager, BC Hydro

Steve Scott, Manager – Major Distribution Load Interconnections, BC Hydro


4:45 – 5:30 p.m. :: FortisBC – Gasified Building and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Applications for Marijuana Grow-Ops

  • Opportunities for gasified building and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to power cannabis grows
  • How natural gas can be a great option to satisfy heat and power requirements
  • Considerations for natural gas powering
    • Size of cannabis grow facility
    • Energy consumption estimate
    • Location – how far from capacity?
    • Infrastructure upgrade required?

Andrew Luke, Key Account Manager- Industrial, FortisBC

5:30 p.m.  Program Adjourns for Day


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Smart Metering Solutions to Manage Marijuana Operations Energy Consumption

  • BC Hydro’s smart meter system — outcomes for managing electricity theft and saving millions
  • BC Hydro’s “inventory balance” power flow optimization
  • Adding metering on the grid to keep tabs on power flows to localized areas, using analytical tools to combine that data with smart meter data
  • Average kilowatt hours for residential homes vs. growers
  • How will federal legalization of marijuana impact the situation?
  • Opportunities for BC Hydro’s smart meter system to manage future legal marijuana growing operations

John Millard, Manager – Revenue Assurance and Customer Analytics, BC Hydro


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Utility Case Studies: Streamlining Hookups and Managing Power Delivery to a Pipeline of New Projects

  • Case studies: KWH LLC, Walnut Creek, Hi Fi Farms, Southern California Edison
  • Overcoming delays for power delivery to new customers
  • Managing constraint/capacity
  • Helping growers navigate the customer hook up processes
  • Calculating costs for utility line extension for cannabis facilities
  • Providing the right type of incentive and time of use rates

John Morris, Vice President – Market Development, D+R International

Representative, Southern California Edison

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Boulder (Colo) County: Quantifying and Offsetting Cannabis Energy Consumption – RECs, Demand Charges and Reinvestment

Boulder County, Colorado, requires marijuana grows located in unincorporated areas of the county to either offset their usage with renewable energy credits or pay a 2.16-cent charge per kwh that goes to the Boulder County Energy Impact Offset Fund.  This session will discuss the process in designing these regulations and the outcome of the requirements so far, as well as other technical solutions to manage grower energy consumption.

  • Analyzing carbon intensity of local grid and determining how to put a price on carbon emissions per kilowatt hour
  • Designing regulations for cannabis industry energy consumption
  • Offset options for marijuana growers
    • On-site renewables
    • Renewable energy credits (RECs)
    • Payments to the Boulder County Energy Impact Offset Fund
  • How growers used data to manipulate demand charges and save money
    • Energy monitoring devices – data on energy usage, details on performance
    • Manipulating demand charges to save money

Ron Flax, Chief Building Official – Boulder County Land Use, Boulder County


10:45 – 11:45 a.m. :: Closing Panel:  Developing Sensible and Sustainable Frameworks for the Cannabis Industry: Production, Infrastructure, & Energy Management Practices

  • Pathways for sustainably powering the cannabis industry
  • Balancing financial competitiveness and sustainability
  • Building sustainable infrastructure – energy cost savings in the long term
  • Clean energy and offset opportunities
  • Engaging regulators to embrace forward thinking policies around the cannabis industry
  • Cultivating for environmental health

Moderator:

Robert W. E. Laurie, General Counsel, Principal and Founder, AD Lucem Law Corporation

Panelists:

Brittny Anderson, Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Cannabis Conservancy

Rex Weyler, Co-Founder and Author, Greenpeace

Derek Smith, Founding Partner, Resource Innovation Institute (RII)

11:45 p.m. :: Program Adjourns

Workshop

Energy Efficient Design and Operation for Cannabis Grows – Greenhouse Production Facilities

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

To date, very little has been done to document opportunities to reduce and manage the massive energy use associated with growing cannabis indoors. This workshop will focus on how the power and cannabis industries can work together to solve these data gaps and best manage the energy requirements of grow facilities, with special consideration for the upcoming legal recreational marijuana market in Canada. The workshop will focus on “high-tech” greenhouses and their design, climate controls, and energy and resource needs for marijuana cultivation. It will review the energy intensive equipment involved in growing operations (lighting, dehumidification, and air-condition equipment) and provide detailed insight on energy efficient operations for greenhouse grows.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate design criteria for greenhouse cannabis production facilities
  • Review data analytic techniques and technologies to quantify and offset cannabis energy consumption
  • Assess best practices for energy and resource efficient design of indoor and greenhouse grow-ops
  • Identify techniques to reduce GHG emissions from growing operations
  • Recognize cost saving estimates from the implementation of energy efficiency processes and technologies

Agenda

  1. Trends and Observations in Energy Use in the Cannabis Industry
  2. Understanding the Engineering Behind the Cannabis Production Process
  3. Energy, CO2, and Other Resource Needs for Marijuana Plants in Their Different Growth Stages
  4. Greenhouse Cannabis Production Facilities
    • Operational qualities of a high-tech “hybrid” cannabis greenhouse
    • Required equipment
      • Greenhouse computer controls
      • Light deprivation equipment
      • Air unit heaters
      • Evaporative cooler and exhaust fans
      • Dehumidification fans and shutters
      • Insect screening
      • CO2 generator
      • Supplemental lighting
    • Optional Equipment
    • Designing for the Climate
      • Passive greenhouse vs. mechanically cooled – pros and cons
      • Style and strength of structure (wind, snow, seismic loading)
      • Design for the climate of the structure (extreme heat/cold)
      • Design for the natural light levels year-round
      • Choice of greenhouse covering and shade cloth
      • Design for pest pressure
    • Designing Greenhouses to Optimize Cannabis Plant Growing Needs
      • Sunlight requirements
      • Water requirements
      • Air requirements
      • Temperature requirements
    • Conducting a Baseline Energy Assessment for a Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Facility
    • Saving Costs and Maximizing Returns on Investment
    • Reducing GHG Emissions
    • Technologies, Data Analytics, and Processes for Improving Energy Efficiency in Cannabis Growing Facilities

Workshop Instructors

Travis Lane, Grower at Holistek and Director of BC Independent Cannabis Association

Travis Lane is a grower at Holistek and the Director of the BC Independent Cannabis Association. Mr. Lane has almost two decades of experience working with cannabis, and has established himself as an optimistic voice for future of the industry. He started as a young, small-time cultivator. Over the years, he has involved himself in many facets of cannabis production and distribution, from cultivation and breeding, to dispensary management and media publishing. A strong believer in the potential of an inclusive and open cannabis business environment, he is also an outspoken proponent of no-till organic growing methods, the elimination of chronic pesticide use, and the future of cultivation being under the sun. Outside of cannabis, Travis went to school for journalism, and has years of experience in hospitality management. These skills, including extensive experience with liquor retail, have helped him to be pro-active when establishing standard practices in an unregulated environment.

Paul Golden, Controlled Agricultural Environments Engineer, Nexus Greenhouse Systems>

Paul Golden is an Engineer for Nexus Greenhouse focused on the Cannabis industry. His knowledge spans energy use in greenhouses, the physics of greenhouse climate control, and intensive agricultural practices used integrated greenhouse systems today. He has a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 2009. He currently designs hi-tech commercial cannabis and vegetable greenhouses with a focus on production optimization.

Al Sray, Cannabis Facility Manager – Canada and Eastern US, Nexus Greenhouse Systems

Al Sray has worked with multiple medical cannabis cultivators in the United States including Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as parts of Canada on issues ranging from licensing, to design to construction. He has also assisted cannabis grow designs and builds in Maryland, Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio. He has been with Nexus and working in the greenhouse industry for more than 11 years.

Speakers

Brittny Anderson, Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Cannabis Conservancy

Sarah Campbell, Director, Craft Cannabis Association of BC (CCABC)

Ryan Duffy, President, Blackstone Energy Services Inc.

Ron Flax, Chief Building Official – Boulder County Land Use, Boulder County

Renee Gagnon, Founder/CEO, HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc.

Kymm Girgulis, Key Account Manager, BC Hydro

Bob Gunn, Founder, Seinergy LLC

Kathryn Holm, Chief License Inspector, City of Vancouver

Kash Heed, Principal at Heed Consultants and former BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Chief Constable of West Vancouver Police Services, and Superintendent of Vancouver Police Department

Robert W. E. Laurie, General Counsel, Principal and Founder, AD Lucem Law Corp

Peter Lillesve, Senior Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy

Andrew Luke, Key Account Manager- Industrial, FortisBC

John Morris, Vice President – Market Development, D+R International

Wally Oppal, former Attorney General – British Columbia, & Chancellor – Thompson Rivers University (invited)

John Remillard, Manager – Revenue Assurance and Customer Analytics, BC Hydro

Steve Scott, Manager – Major Distribution Load Interconnections, BC Hydro

Derek Smith, Founding Partner, Resource Innovation Institute (RII)

Rex Weyler, Co-Founder and Author, Greenpeace

 

Location

Element by Westin Vancouver Metrotown
5988 Willingdon Ave
Burnaby, BC V5H 2A7

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Room Rate:

The room rate is $CAD 189.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of April 22 – 23, 2018.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to April 6, 2018. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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