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By - Jon Brown

The Canadian Cannabis Energy Challenge
Power Industry Due Diligence for Canada’s Legal Marijuana Market
May 7-8, 2019 | Toronto, ON

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In October 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes nationwide through the “Cannabis Act”.  This law was a milestone in the legal history of cannabis in Canada, following the previous legalization of medical marijuana through a government-run health program in 2001.

While there is a lot of excitement and planning for the new business opportunity surrounding legal cannabis in Canada, 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




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event 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.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Cannabis Industry Energy Challenge – Understanding the Magnitude & Impacts on the Canadian Power System

Although it remains unclear what the emerging cannabis industry will look like and how it will be regulated within Canada, the legalization 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:

  • Global Cannabis Market Landscape Update – How Will Canada Fit in?
  • 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

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

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 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
  • 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

Russell Hall, Associate, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Natural Resources Canada: Federal Incentives for Cannabis Industry Energy Efficiency Programs

The Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRC) is the ministry of government responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals and metals.  This session will discuss NRC’s Energy Efficiency Program, and how the cannabis industry can use this program to qualify for financial incentives to implement energy management systems into their operations.  The session will also discuss how this federal funding can be stacked with provincial, municipal, and utility program funding.

Donna Arts, Senior Industry Office, Natural Resources Canada

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Marijuana Cultivation and Energy Consumption 101: Power Intensity of Facilities (Indoor & Greenhouse 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

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:45 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
  • Utility case studies – working with growers to optimize energy efficiency programs
  • 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

Nick Collins, Associate Director, Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS)

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Ensuring Adequate Power Supply: The Interconnection Process & Optimizing Location of Grow Operations

This session will discuss specific aspects of the Ontario power market and how they could impact the cannabis industry’s ability to obtain sufficient and affordable power supply.   It will also evaluate tips for utilities and growers in the interconnection process to streamline hookups.  Specifically, the session will discuss:

  • “Locational Marginal Pricing”: what is it, and how it will make locational decisions critical for grow operations, and what is the opportunity
  • Interconnection due diligence: how utilities can manage a pipeline of new projects in their interconnection queue
  • Overcoming delays for power delivery to new customer
  • Helping customers navigate the hook up process
  • Streamlining hookups
  • Calculating costs for utility line extension for cannabis facilities
  • Providing the right type of incentive and time of use rates

Ted Lyberogiannis, Senior Manager – Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One

Travis Lusney, Manager – Procurement and Power Systems, Power Advisory LLC

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. :: Utility Case Study: Puget Sound Energy – Energy Efficiency Incentives to Cannabis Energy Customers

  • High level overview of Washington state’s cannabis industry and market
  • Cannabis industry impact to Puget Sound Energy post legislation
  • Cannabis production in Puget Sound Energy’s territory
  • Licensing and regulations
  • Indoor and outdoor grows
  • Grow lighting
  • PSE energy conservation initiatives for grow facilities and their efficiency results
  • Implementing energy efficiency incentives with cannabis customers
  • Analysis of billing histories to project proposals for energy savings potential
  • Calculating project energy savings for use in incentive formula
  • Providing excellent customer service to project contractors and customers

Tyson Schmitt, Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Greenhouse Production Facilities – Design & Load Forecasting

This session will give an overview of “high-tech” greenhouses and their design, climate controls, and energy and resource needs for marijuana cultivation.  It will then discuss how increased greenhouse production in Ontario is increasing load in the province, and how that is factoring into the provincial load forecasting analysis.

Anya Gordon, CEO, GroTec Builders

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Closing Panel: Moving Forward – Best Practices for the Energy & Cannabis Industries: Collaborating on Energy Management & Efficiency Practices

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

Anya Gordon, CEO, GroTec Builders

Bob Gunn, Founder, Seinergy LLC


Designing and Implementing Utility Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs for Cannabis Growers

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Indoor cannabis growing operations consume immense amounts of electrical energy and to date, very little research-based literature has been published to document energy efficiency opportunities for these utility customers.  This workshop will focus on how utilities can best leverage incentive funds to mitigate the electric grid impacts associated with these types of facilities, presenting the most recent research and industry statistics available.  A primary goal will be understanding the equipment required for growing operations (lighting, de-humidification, and air-conditioning equipment) and providing insight on how these operations can accomplish their production more efficiently.  A major discussion point will be on how to effectively translate these efficiency opportunities into efficiency incentive programs, and the best outreach approaches for these customers, as well as the future direction of the cannabis industry.  Attendees who attended this workshop in October 2017 can expect a fresh agenda with new data, analyses, and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate opportunities for improving the overall energy efficiency of indoor cannabis grow operations
  • Review data analytic techniques to quantify cannabis production energy consumption
  • Assess best practices in the design and implementation of utility incentive programs for commercial cannabis producing customers

Workshop Agenda

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

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

  1. Understanding the engineering behind the cannabis production process
  2. Overview of energy-intensive equipment in indoor cannabis production facilities
    • Lighting
    • De-humidification
    • Air conditioning equipment
  • Energy efficiency opportunities in indoor cannabis production facilities
    • Designing the facility
    • Implementing efficiency measures post initial design
  1. Common barriers to adoption of energy efficiency measures
    • Expedition of facility set up often resulting in poor lighting and HVAC choices
    • High up-front costs
    • Lack of energy usage data
  2. Technologies and data analytics for improving energy efficiency in cannabis growing facilities
    • Quantifying and offsetting cannabis energy consumption
    • Metering efforts to fill data gaps
    • Analyzing known data into useful applications
  3. Designing and implementing optimal incentive programs for cannabis
    • Review of utility programs in usage and their effectiveness
    • Customizing programs for specific customer needs
    • Effectively designing products and programs with pricing and technology
    • Motivating customer participation

Workshop Instructors

Jesse Remillard, Senior Engineer, Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS)

Jesse Remillard, is a Senior Engineer at Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS), focusing on the value verification of mechanical equipment upgrades for commercial and industrial facilities. He regularly performs engineering analysis for custom technologies, process improvements, HVAC, refrigeration, variable frequency drives, and lighting for new construction and retrofit efficiency projects. His specialties include establishing baselines for custom technologies, investigating energy efficiency program measure costs, and reviewing power generation and energy storage technologies. Mr. Remillard earned an MS in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine.

Nick Collins, Associate Director, Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS)

Nick Collins, is an Associate Director for Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS) whose areas of expertise include the monitoring and verification of energy efficiency projects, as well as the analysis of energy efficiency and demand-limiting measures in commercial and industrial facilities. He is proficient in project and construction management, with an emphasis on sustainable design, high-performance buildings, and building methods in commercial and residential construction. Prior to joining ERS, Mr. Collins worked in construction management on a diverse array of commercial and institutional projects including Gillette Stadium, Terminal A at Logan Airport, and the Walker Art Building restoration and renovation at Bowdoin College.


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

Donna Arts, Senior Industry Office, Natural Resources Canada

Nick Collins, Associate Director, Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS)

Anya Gordon, CEO, GroTec Builders

Bob Gunn, Founder, Seinergy LLC

Russell Hall, Associate, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Travis Lusney, Manager – Procurement and Power Systems, Power Advisory LLC

Ted Lyberogiannis, Senior Manager – Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One

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

Tyson Schmitt, Energy Management Engineer, Puget Sound Energy (PSE)


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Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Z2

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3.7 miles from the Conference Facility


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