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RII Applauds Massachusetts Cannabis Energy Regulation

By November 9, 2019March 8th, 2020No Comments

RII Supports Massachusetts with New Regulations to Streamline Reporting for Cultivators


Springfield, Mass. (Nov. 8, 2019) — The release of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) regulations this week (Nov. 7) will allow for streamlined reporting for cannabis cultivators. The new reporting requirements include a bench-marking feature that will also enable Commonwealth cultivators to measure and compare their energy and water efficiency performance to other operations, thus becoming empowered to drive down costs.

“Massachusetts is leading the way on policy and is already having an impact on other states, such as Illinois and California, which are working on their own state-specific cultivation energy policies,” said Derek Smith, Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute. “Massachusetts’ regulations have been designed to support cannabis cultivators to become more efficient enterprises, which will ultimately help them be more competitive in the long term.”

RII’s Cannabis PowerScore enables cultivators to compare their resource usage with that of other growers. Cultivators can receive an instant performance benchmark at

Massachusetts, which has been ranked No. 1 on ACEEE’s 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for eight years in a row, is home to the first cannabis market in the world to create cultivation guidelines and regulations to improve resource efficiency. The state’s framework of standards and regulations was used as a model earlier this year by Illinois, which took a proactive approach to regulating resource use when it recently legalized adult-use cannabis.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Shawna McGregor at or 917-971-7852.

Resource Innovation Institute: Advancing Resource Efficiency to Create a Better Cannabis Future

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to create a better agricultural future. Founded in 2016 in Portland, OR, USA, RII’s Board of Directors includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a former Energy Policy Advisor to two Oregon governors, a former board member of the US Green Building Council and leading cannabis industry players. The organization has unique expertise on data, policy and education related to energy use in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking tool is backed by the world’s largest dataset on CEA energy use. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multi-disciplinary body assessing the environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues. In 2018, RII advised the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the establishment of the world’s first cannabis energy regulations, and it is now advising other governments on CEA-related energy policies. RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues for the exchange of resource efficient cultivation best practices. RII is funded by utilities, foundations, governments and leading members of the supply chain serving CEA, from LED manufacturers to HVAC engineers.

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