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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

RII Leaders Speak at Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Executive Director Derek Smith discussed energy standards and Board Member Jen Amann presented about codes On Thursday, July 23, RII Executive Director Derek Smith hosted Energy Standards: The Missing Piece for Scale and Sustainability, a roundtable held twice during the day-long virtual Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, a unique platform to develop new business and accelerate…
July 30, 2020

Massachusetts CCC Issues Compilation of Energy FAQs and Answers

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Addresses Definitions, Eligible Equipment, and Exemptions Horticultural Lighting Power Density Calculations Clarified On July 17, 2020, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission released a list of frequently asked questions with associated answers to clarify the market's understanding of regulations and the ways cultivators can comply with them. The answers to questions #4…
July 23, 2020

Sustainability Roundtable at Virtual MJBizConNEXT

RII Hosts Sustainability Roundtable at Virtual MJBizConNEXT Dialogue Ranged from Energy to Water to Waste On Wed., July 1, Executive Director Derek Smith joined MJBiz’s John Schroyer in leading an open dialogue on “What sustainability practices are you implementing at your company” as part of MJBiz’s mid-year “NEXT” conference. The conversation began with questions about…
July 22, 2020

Resorative Justice for Black Cultivators in the Cannabis Industry

Allocating Cannabis Taxes to Communities Impacted by the War on Drugs As conversations about defunding police departments mount across the country, RII is focusing on our collective opportunity to influence the reallocation of cannabis taxes. In Portland, Oregon, 45% of cannabis taxes go to the police, and while a portion is to be provided to…
July 8, 2020

DLC Updates Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements

DesignLights Consortium Releases Draft Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements v2.0 RII invites you to provide feedback on the recently released first draft of the DLC Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements V2.0. V2.0 continues the transition from using traditional lighting metrics to using horticultural-specific metrics that better represent horticultural lighting performance, and should increase the quantity and quality…
June 1, 2020

Massachusetts PowerScore Comply & Benchmark

New PowerScore Service Launched for Massachusetts Cultivators As of July 1, Massachusetts cannabis cultivators can use a unique portal of RII’s Cannabis PowerScore to easily report, benchmark, and improve performance of their greenhouses and indoor facilities. The upgrades were funded by Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources in coordination with the Cannabis Control Commission’s specification of…
June 1, 2020

How to Weather COVID and Improve Cannabis Energy Efficiency Now

Tighten your belt to ensure survival and reduce operating costs today and beyond   The president of an RII member company that manufactures cultivation HVAC equipment recently let us know that during the downtime presented by coronavirus, they have taken the opportunity to upgrade to highly efficient LED solutions for their business’ offices. An especially…
April 23, 2020

Incorporating Energy Guidelines in Cultivation Licensing

Advice for State and Federal Governments Looking to Incorporate Energy Guidelines in Cultivation Licensing Peer-reviewed Guidance for State and Federal Lawmakers   There are a number of opportunities for state and federal agencies, and, to a certain extent, utilities, to influence the cannabis industry with effective targeted policies. These suggestions are organized by time frame:…
March 30, 2020

Cultivator Input Needed for California Title 24 Revisions

Get Involved and Offer Input for California Title 24 Revisions Last month we wrote about how California’s proposed regulations aimed at saving energy and water while maintaining crop quality and production volume for crops grown in non-stacked and stacked indoor farms could affect essentially all cannabis cultivators. As noted before, the California Statewide Utility Codes…
March 10, 2020

California Energy Codes May Affect All “Controlled Environment Horticulture”

California Writing Energy Codes that May Affect Cannabis Cultivation and All “Controlled Environment Horticulture” How your business can get involved   As part of its 2022 code cycle, the California Energy Commission is reviewing proposals aimed at saving energy and water while maintaining crop quality and production volume for crops grown in non-stacked and stacked…
February 7, 2020

HVAC and Dehumidification Best Practices Guide for Cannabis Cultivators

RII’s HVAC Best Practices Guide Demystifies Approaches to Efficient HVAC for Cannabis Get Help with Controlled Environment Agriculture Dehumidification System Selection It can be difficult for growers and the design and construction professionals supporting them to navigate how to build and operate efficient and effective heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. You may not…
January 7, 2020