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Cannabis: Explosive Market Growth, Extreme Energy Intensity

November 01, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451

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Cannabis: Explosive Market Growth, Extreme Energy Intensity

The legal cannabis market in Massachusetts alone is projected to reach $1.2 billion by 2021.  The race is on for building grow facilities in MA, RI and ME. There are at least 40 grow facilities running or in construction in New England already with new projects emerging weekly.  Can VT, CT and NH be far behind?  This is a fascinating field that has challenged the best of energy engineers with psychometrics and  plant transpiration theory.  Local utilities are on the leading edge of understanding efficiency opportunities for this amazingly complex market.  Tonight we will touch on; what  grow facilities looks like, how they operate, energy consumption and energy efficiency (lighting, cooling, dehumidification, CHP).


About the Speakers

Fran Boucher

Fran Boucher works as an Energy Program Specialist with National Grid and has over 25 years of energy engineering and facilities management experience.  Over the past eight months he has been intensely focused on the opportunities for energy efficiency in the emerging  cannabis sector. He has attended several related conferences and seminars on the topic including the premier MJ Conference in Washington DC. He has delivered trainings, and professional presentations, on this topic in venues that include; Cannabis World Expo in Boston, New England Real Estate Journal Cannabis Conference and the Boston Society of Architects Summer Study. He has worked with professionals across the county researching this topic, crafting guidelines for utility incentives and reviewing energy savings analysis for numerous growing facility efficiency projects. 



Fred Green

As a consultant to the cannabis industry nationwide, Fred Green, brings a scientific approach to the production of high quality marijuana.  Fred has served a Cultivation Specialist and Director of Operations for several cannabis operators in both the USA and Canada.  With a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from Cornell University, and 35 years as a large scale commercial plant grower and business owner, Fred’s focus is on efficiency – labor, energy, and space utilization – and best production practices in order to maximize profits and minimize risks.  As the industry matures and margins shrink, Fred’s design and operational strategies will ensure continued success for his clients.



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