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Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange

  • Aspen Meadows Resort 845 Meadows Road Aspen, CO, 81611 United States (map)

The Country’s First Cannabis Cultivator Engagement, Energy Use & Management Program

Currently permitted in 30 states, cannabis cultivation is one of the country’s most energy intensive industries, accounting for an estimated 1% of all U.S. energy use and 4% in Colorado. Thousands of indoor cannabis businesses must manage the significant monthly energy costs of 24-hour lighting, constant HVAC operation, humidification management, irrigation needs, and other varying energy demands – presenting unique challenges to both owners and the utilities that serve them. In the spring of 2018, Holy Cross Energy, in partnership with Cultivate Energy Optimization, created the country’s first and most significant cannabis cultivation energy use and management program – offering its indoor cannabis growers resources and tools to better understand and manage their energy costs. This session will present the unique approach created by Holy Cross to not only engage with their cannabis customers but to also provide them with specialized on-site technical assistance and guidance. Please join us for a fascinating look at how cannabis growers use and manage energy in Colorado, and how one local utility responded with action.


Eric Stern, Cultivate Energy Optimization

Mary Wiener, Holy Cross Energy

Later Event: September 27
The ESource Forum