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June 18, 2019

Illinois Follows Massachusetts with Energy Use Restrictions

With passage of Illinois’s new adult use cannabis law and its rules for cannabis grow facility energy and environmental performance, the Land of Lincoln becomes the 11th state in the country to regulate cultivation and sale of adult use cannabis…
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June 12, 2019

Cannabis PowerScore in the spotlight at MJBizConNEXT

Join Resource Innovation Institute (RII) Executive Director Derek Smith in New Orleans on June 12-14, 2019 at MJBizConNEXT for an exclusive look into the future of efficient cultivation. RII brings together innovators and visionaries to establish best practices that maximize…
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June 12, 2019

Resource Innovation Institute Releases Primer on LED Lighting

One common misconception among cannabis cultivators is that to grow a quality plant indoors, you need to use the long-held industry standard high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. As a result, long-time cultivators have often shied away from the more energy-efficient Light-Emitting…
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June 6, 2019

Cannabis PowerScore in the Spotlight at MJBizConNEXT

Join Resource Innovation Institute (RII) Executive Director Derek Smith in New Orleans on June 12-14, 2019 at MJBizConNEXT for an exclusive look into the future of efficient cultivation. RII brings together innovators and visionaries to establish best practices that maximize quality production…
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January 20, 2018

Welcome to the Cannabis PowerScore™: An energy benchmarking tool for growers of all types

Overview Wholesale prices are falling in another market, this time Oregon. With predictability, each state that regulates sees a winnowing of producers shortly after supply hits a certain level. It is clear that cultivation operators who invest in energy efficiency…
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December 8, 2017

Another way Cannabis Cups can raise the bar in the industry: Natural resource data

At long last, it’s Emerald Cup weekend… Cannabis cups are always inspiring events. The best minds and the most committed hearts join to celebrate the harvest and raise the bar for the industry. On quality. On culture. On what it…
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October 17, 2017

Making it easy to compare grower performance on efficient use of energy

We’re at the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium in Denver this week to launch the beta version of our Cannabis PowerScore™. The PowerScore is a self-audit tool we’re developing to help growers compare their energy performance relative to like producers. Technical Advisory…
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October 9, 2017

Takeaways from RII’s energy-focused Technical Advisory Committee meeting

Last week our Technical Advisory Committee met in Portland to begin the process of developing a cannabis energy standard that will ultimately define what it means to be energy efficient across a range of cannabis cultivation facilities, from indoor, to…
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March 20, 2017

Drain Or Reclaim? How To Prepare For Impending Water Regulations

As regulations on cannabis cultivation facilities come into shape, municipalities will continue to further investigate power, water, and nutrient use in the industry. Working with experienced engineers and consultants, sourcing the optimal equipment, and scrutinizing all essential inputs will ensure…
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February 25, 2017

International Technical Advisory Committee Begins Developing Energy, Water And Carbon Standards To D

Earlier this month, thirty experts from a broad set of backgrounds came together in Portland, Oregon, in the spirit of creating a better cannabis industry. They took time away from their day jobs, checked their company hat at the door…
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February 6, 2017

Resource Efficiency And Why Cannabis Investors Should Care About It

Every cannabis conference I have been to in the last year has featured content on energy and water efficiency, or sustainability more broadly. It is a growing theme in cannabis, particularly in cultivation where energy accounts for one of the…
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January 29, 2017

A New Generation: Jesce Horton And Panacea Valley Gardens

Jesce Horton is a new breed of cultivator. Not a grower steeped for years in the underground cannabis world or a suit-and-tie convert from the corporate world, Horton is part of a new generation of young professionals bringing specialized skills…
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January 18, 2017

Preparing your infrastructure for initial production as you prepare for scale

You’ve secured initial funding and are about to purchase land, or you’ve just purchased land, and you want to get into cultivation as soon as possible. Now what? As state regulatory details come together, your focus is now on preparing…
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January 16, 2017

Cannabis Industry Conservation Non-profit Appoints International Technical Advisory Council

Updated: Apr 9 For Immediate Release: Resource Innovation Institute is drawing on a range of stakeholders to develop consensus-based energy, carbon and water standards to guide cannabis production and technology development Portland, Oregon – January 16, 2016 – The Resource…
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October 31, 2016

How I chose my production mix: The Three “E”s

Written by Jesce Horton, Panacea Valley Gardens and Saints Cannabis Portland, OR When I decided to leave Siemens Industry to try my luck in cannabis cultivation years ago, I was eager to leave behind so many aspects of corporate engineering.…
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