Wednesday, October 7, 2015
11:30 – 1:00
McCormick & Schmick’s
1200 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
Washington’s Initiative 502 legalizes and regulates marijuana growing, processing, and retailing. The explosive growth in what had formerly been an underground industry creates new challenges and requires new approaches on the part of both environmental regulators and the businesses involved. Issues include water use, fertilizer and chemical management, and proper handling of liquid and solid wastes. At the same time, indoor growing operations have a power density per square foot comparable to data centers, and have a similar potential to create rapid jumps in load demand for utilities – especially in rural areas. Meanwhile, these new utility customers may still be in violation of federal law. Emerald’s Marc McReynolds will discuss the environmental side of the issue, including guidelines from an interagency taskforce. John Morris of CLEAResult will examine the energy issues, the important role of energy efficiency, and the challenge of getting it in place fast enough.
Register for the event here.
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