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State Regulators Create Cannabis Regulators Association to Inform Policy

Cannabis regulators from across the United States have formed a non-partisan organization, the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), to better share institutional knowledge and regulatory best practices. Cannabis regulators from 19 states have joined CANNRA, which is being created in order to assist federal, state, and local jurisdictions that have approved or are weighing legalization of…
November 13, 2020
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Reduce Expenses by Commissioning Your Cultivation Facility

In the November issue of Cannabis Business Times, RII’s Technical Director Gretchen Schimelpfenig shared the benefits of commissioning for cannabis production facilities in A Shipbuilding Concept that Can Save You Money. She shared the results of a 2018 study showing that existing industrial buildings can achieve energy savings between 3% and 12% when systems are…
November 10, 2020
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California Energy Commission Webinar on Proposed 2022 Controlled Environmental Horticulture Energy Code Measures

Attend to Offer Feedback on Proposed 2022 Energy Code Industrial Process Measures Addressing Controlled Environmental Horticulture On Tuesday, October 27 at 9 am PT, the California Energy Commission will present and discuss proposed changes to the 2022 California Energy Code. The goal of these workshops is to solicit feedback from concerned or affected members of…
October 26, 2020
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RII Hosting Liquid-Cooled LED Lighting Workshop

RII Partners with LDL, DLC, ASABE & Three Manufacturer Members to Host Liquid-Cooled LED Lighting Workshop Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Efficiency Program Incentives Register now for our upcoming workshop on 10/29 at 1 pm ET on liquid-cooled LED lighting technology to learn how utilities and the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry are evolving alongside this…
October 6, 2020
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Massachusetts Cannabis Cultivators Benefit from RII Services

Commonwealth Operators Have Easier Path Toward Energy Efficiency and Economic Vitality Resource Innovation Institute, in partnership with American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, are nearing completion of a comprehensive project to support Massachusetts cannabis cultivators with peer-reviewed resources to help them address the subjects featured in the first energy regulations placed on the energy-intensive industry.…
October 6, 2020
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2020 RII Member Meeting Highlights

On September 29th, RII’s Executive Director Derek Smith led our first Member Meeting, gathering 59 attendees together to check in on 2020 progress, provide a venue for discussion, and offer members a roadmap for 2021. We have been expanding our Technical Advisory Council Working Groups, providing new benchmarking services with PowerScore, and publishing our first…
October 6, 2020
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Growing and Drying Hemp Efficiently in Vermont

RII served on a panel of experts on August 6th, 2020 to support the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture for their 2020 Hemp Growing Season Webinar Series for CBD Post-Harvest Handling (Drying focus), to provide information and useful recommendations for energy efficiency when cultivating and…
September 24, 2020
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Cannabis Business Times Editorials Feature RII Members

Throughout 2020, Cannabis Business Times has graciously featured a series of editorials written by RII’s Technical Director Gretchen Schimelpfenig and co-authored by RII members. The editorials repackage and deliver subject matter from RII’s Best Practices Guides to disseminate efficient HVAC and lighting concepts throughout the market and promote project teams using the guides. To date,…
September 24, 2020
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RII Participates in Colorado Advisory Group on Adapting Waste Regulations

More Work on Waste on Horizon RII was recently asked to participate in the Sustainability & Science/Policy Work Group meeting focused on regulations addressing packing and waste associated with cannabis products in Colorado. Executive Director Derek Smith attended the August 11 meeting and was encouraged by the State of Colorado’s leadership in promoting cannabis sustainability and the…
September 7, 2020
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RII Highlights Cannabis Facility Efficiency Opportunities for MEEA Members

In August, RII Technical Director Gretchen Schimelpfenig spoke on a panel at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) webinar Exploring Energy Efficiency in the Cannabis Industry. Gretchen joined experts from energy efficiency program implementers and utilities working in New England, the Midwest, and California including Kyle Booth from Energy Solutions and James Yerke and Taylor…
September 4, 2020
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RII Presents at DLC Incentives and Regulations Webinar

RII on Panel with Massachusetts, Illinois and California Representatives On August 26th, RII Executive Director Derek Smith spoke on a panel at the DesignLights Consortium’s webinar Incentives vs. Regulations – What Do They Mean for Product Selection?. He joined experts from states with legalized cannabis markets including Massachusetts, Illinois, and California including Thao Chau from…
September 4, 2020
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Title 24, Part 6, Energy Code Impacts on California Cannabis Cultivators

Highlighting facts and proposing a collaborative path forward California’s cannabis industry has recently been contemplating the Statewide Codes and Standards Enhancement (CASE) Team’s proposed code change proposals to the Energy Code as market actors assess potential impacts on cultivation operations. With a statewide cannabis market in disarray and the industry calling for a significant overhaul…
August 11, 2020