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Calculator to help German growers with new CO2-tax

From 2021 German glasshouse growers will be charged with a CO2-tax on fossil energy fuels. Renewable energy sources will be free of charge. The tax will be in the first year 10 € per t CO2 and goes up to 35 € per t in 2025. "This means for 1 ha Cucumbers with an energy requirement of 2,673 MWh the…

CAN (ON): Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion now open for business

Enbridge Gas announced that the Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion Project is in service. The $19.1M project ensures delivery of natural gas, meeting the growing agricultural, commercial, and industrial market demand in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas, including in the fast-growing greenhouse…

Renewable solar energy system could generate and store energy for Ontario greenhouses

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing…

"Electricity generation owners must act now"

Owners of equipment capable of exporting electricity to the grid in the United Kingdom are required to ensure that their grid protection equipment is compliant with current regulations. In the past, that’s meant the G59 standard which has recently been superseded by G99. The Accelerated Loss of Mains…

US (CO): Colorado to get help improving cannabis energy efficiency

Colorado’s government is going to get some help from the National Governors Association (NGA) to help incorporate clean energy practices in the marijuana industry. NGA announced on Tuesday that it would be lending assistance to five states through a “two-year policy academy” that looks at the specific…

CAN (ON): Electricity for growing cannabis forecasted to grow by 1,000% over five years

The cannabis industry will not be a mellow new player on the province’s power grid. Indeed, the energy munched by the fledgling cannabis-growing business is expected to rise by 1,250 per cent in Ontario over the next five years, according to a recent study by the province’s Independent Electricity System…

US: Increase in cannabis cultivation could impact water resources

Cannabis cultivation could have a significant effect on groundwater and surface water resources when combined with residential use, evidence from a new study suggests.…

Cannabis industry environmental, health, and safety issues

Cannabis is an agricultural crop and, of course, needs water to grow. Before investing in a growing operation or entering into a long-term supply contract with a grower, prospective investors should examine whether the operation has the necessary water rights and that they are intact. This can be done by…

The cannabis industry and the environment

In an article on greencamp, the relationship between the cannabis industry and its environmental impact is explored.  "The growing legalization of cannabis shed some new light on…

US (CA): Outages affecting canna businesses in California

A cannabis attorney says blackouts in Northern California have affected legal marijuana dispensaries and distributors who cannot comply with some state regulations without electricity. Lauren Mendelsohn, of Santa Rosa, says some farms are running on generators but distributors and dispensaries may not…

Tips for saving energy in winter

Any time is a good time to take stock of your energy costs but as we look ahead to colder weather and less daylight, now is an especially good time to assess things and ensure efficient energy use this winter. Jon Swain, Head of Sales at NFU Energy says: “Your energy-saving opportunities will depend on your type of farm,…

US (CO): As “green rush” rolls on, Boulder’s Surna helping make cannabis industry more sustainable

Boulder-based Surna, which designs, engineers and manufactures application-specific environmental control and air sanitation systems for commercial, state- and provincial-regulated indoor cannabis cultivation facilities in the U.S. and Canada, is helping cannabis growers become sustainable and efficient…

CAN: New study shows energy cost savings potential for Ontario greenhouses

Ontario’s greenhouse sector is growing fast, and a new report by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) shows there is great potential for energy efficiency to help manage increasing electricity demand in the sector while reducing costs for greenhouses. The greenhouse sector is one of the…

US (CA): The effects of the power outage on the legal cannabis industry

Electricity drives many legal grow operations and could irrevocably damage cannabis plants during harvest season. Following massive, deadly wildfires a year ago, while also dealing with bankruptcy negotiations, California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric decided to shut off power this week to avoid…

US (CA): Massive power outage threatens NorCal cannabis harvest

To prevent another wildfire, California’s biggest power company, Pacific Gas & Electric, shut off electricity in dozens of counties. Around 1.8 million users across Northern California have been and will be affected by the outage, which began on midnight, Oct. 8. PG&E officials say the outage will last…

CAN (ON): Growing energy demand from greenhouses being addressed

The provincial agency that operates Ontario’s power grid is working on initiatives to help address electricity usage and pricing for the local greenhouse industry. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said it is seeing significant growth in the vegetable and cannabis sectors in Essex and…

Cannabis cultivation facilities may negatively impacting air quality, researchers say

The strongly scented, volatile chemical compounds given off by growing cannabis plants may be contributing to poor air quality around cannabis cultivation facilities, according to a new study from researchers at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), supported by the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) in…


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