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Technical Round Table: Energy Efficiency and Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

December 06, 2018
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
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UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852


Technical Round Table Event – Energy Efficiency and Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

Cannabis cultivation in Massachusetts is projected to be a $700-million - $1.38 billion business by 2020, with hundreds of facilities seeking state licensure. These facilities have very intensive energy use requirements – cannabis facility energy use is similar to data centers, at nearly 200w/sf making up 20% of operating costs. In 2015, Bloomberg estimated that cannabis cultivation facilities made up almost 45% of the new power demand in Colorado. 

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission oversees a newly-created working group of state agencies to help develop best practices regarding energy efficiency and water usage. This working group and the new industry it serves will need the expertise of the energy engineering community.

 Join us for a full day event as we explore a number of topics in depth about these fascinating facilities:

  • Benchmarking and energy intensity of cannabis cultivation facilities
  • Biological requirements of the plant during various life cycle periods, overall requirements for successful growth
  • HVAC requirements, best practices, equipment, facility management, energy management
  • Lighting options and requirements
  • Water use and re-use for cannabis facilities
  • Energy supply options, contractual issues
  • Policy development and code issues

This all-day event is scheduled for December 6, 2018 and will be held at the UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852.  Registration begins at 7:30 AM.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Two networking breaks are scheduled. 

Keynote speaker: Commissioner Katharine Doyle of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. 


General Registration - $90

General registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch, as well as all day access to the Technical Round Table Event. You may register now by clicking on the Register button below, and selecting General Admission Ticket. 


Sponsors - $750 Please register through our website. There will be a $70 nonrefundable deposit due at registration. Please mail a check for the balance made out to "AEE New England Chapter" to 27 Industrial Ave., Unit #6, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Corporate name on all printed materials.
  • Corporate name on all web-based materials.
  • Corporate name on projection screen during the meeting.
  • One complimentary registration to the conference.
  • Opportunity to include corporate materials in conference packet.

Please contact Carter Wall at [email protected] for more information.


Event Agenda

Kathy Stanley, Honeywell

Welcome and Introductions

Fran Boucher, National Grid


Energy Intensity in Cannabis Grow Facilities –

Benchmarking and Energy Unit Index, actual facility data

Fred Green, Fred Green Consulting

Biological Considerations in Cannabis Facility Design and Operation

John Petze, SkyFoundry

Application of Data Analytics to Reduce Energy Use and Improve Yield



Damon Bosetti, Design Lights Consortium

Topics in Lighting of Cannabis Grow Facilities

Steve Lafaille, Tecogen

Gas Engine Fired Chillers for Use in Cannabis Grow Facilities


Keynote:  Commissioner Kay Doyle, Cannabis Control Commission

Carl Orio, Water Energy Distributers

Geothermal Applications in Cannabis Grow Facilities

Lydia Sisson, Mill City Grow, and Ruairi O’Mahony, UML Office of Sustainability


UMass Lowell’s Innovative Urban Agriculture Partnership with Mill City Grow



Craig Burg, Desert Aire

Humidity Control and Heating and Cooling Applications

Alex Pollard, DOER

Energy Efficiency issues in Cannabis Grow Facilities – DOER Perspective

Carter Wall, Franklin Beach Energy

Energy Supply and Business Challenges for Cannabis Facilities

Kathy Stanley, Honeywell

Wrap up and Thank You



AEE New England thanks the following partners for sponsoring this event:


$750.00 Conference Sponsor Registration

$90.00 General Admission Ticket

$750.00 Conference Sponsor Registration