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Smart Grid Leadership Series -
Smart Indoor Cannabis Production - A Huge Northwest Energy Efficiency Opportunity
John Morris, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director, CLEAResult
Erik Larsen, Co-founder, Building Energy
Oregon just joined Washington in legalizing marijuana. Indoor cannabis production is a highly energy intensive process, so the opportunity for efficiency in the Northwest is huge. By some accounts, as much as 1% of the energy in the U.S. is used to produce marijuana, and that was before this week's elections legalizing it in Oregon, Alaska, and D.C.
After 30 years of energy conservation in the Northwest, it is time to move beyond basic evaluation of energy efficiency in the traditional sectors of residential, industrial, commercial and agriculture. The energy efficiency industry is now moving into a delivery of solutions focused on vertical markets within each of the traditional utility sectors. With energy intensive business types expanding across the region - from indoor agriculture including cannabis production to data centers - the opportunity has never been greater for targeted, intelligent efficiency.
The discussion lead by executives at two regional companies offering energy efficiency technologies and services will not only explore the way that vertical markets are using energy but also the advances we are making to better track that energy. This will be an interactive session designed to inspire a larger conversation with the Smart Grid community.
The doors will open at 4:00 PM and the event will conclude by 6:00 PM. K&L Gates has been gracious enough to provide the venue for this event.
Biography - John Morris, CLEAResult
CLEAResult, John directs the organization’s policy and regulatory affairs for the Western U.S. and Canada. He has worked since 2004 to develop and pass progressive energy efficiency legislation dealing with both the residential and commercial sectors, working with stakeholders including, Climate Solutions, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, EEBC, NEEC, and SWEEP. His focus has been on market transformation and emerging technologies that continue to deliver energy efficiency for his clients. John has also worked for PECI, Fluid Market Strategies, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Climate Solutions and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. When he is not with his wife and sons, he enjoys chasing waves to surf throughout the Northwest.
Erik Larson is a lifelong soldier working to cut energy spend in buildings, and has spent most of his professional years as an entrepreneur. Mr. Larson is co-founder of Building Energy Inc., a venture capital funded startup that is creating the largest and most trusted network of building data and applications. The U.S. Department of Energy licensed Building Energy’s platform to power the Buildings Performance Database. the largest aggregation of energy asset performance data in the U.S. Prior to co-founding Building Energy Mr. Larson served as executive vice president at Indie Energy, which developed patented next generation geothermal HVAC technology, and earned accolades from the U.S. Department of Energy. Indie Energy counted customers including Walgreens, Medline Industries, and the City of Chicago.
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