Sunday, March 05, 2017

Nipped in the bud?

I often discuss lagging infrastructure and business relocation.  Here is a case of new business and the infrastructure challenge it poses.    Link in title:

Will California's power grid be able to keep up with legal marijuana's demand?

California energy regulators are warning marijuana farmers that the state's power grid does not have the capacity to support the increased demand it expects from electricity-hungry growing operations now that weed is legal in the state.
The California Public Utilities Commission met this week in San Francisco with marijuana farmers and utilities, to figure out how the state will be able to provide the 1 to 2 percent spike in electricity demand it expect to see from pot farms.

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Sigh,  first world problems.  

6 comments:

Mike said...

somewhat related..article in the WSJ yesterday about California not being able to store all of the solar power it generates...looked interesting but behind a paywall...

sm_landlord said...

Heaven forbid that the PUC would support investment in infrastructure to meet the new demand. Can't have industry operating here in the Golden State. Wouldn't be prudent ;-)

LBD said...

Kali ready for the Homeless (Leisure class) To invade the streets, flophouses and soup kitchens? Kalifornia Dreaming going up in smoke!

Lawyerliz said...

Wouldnt it be logical to tax the mj farmers for needed improvements to the grid?

Lawyerliz said...

Silly me.

LBD said...

Everybody pays one way or the other. Personal responsibility is so old fashion.