As pot-growing industry expands, its power needs strain U.S. grids

Some grow sites consume as much power as a small city and cancel out efforts to lower carbon emissions.

DENVER — Pot’s not green.

The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.

Without design standards or efficient equipment, the facilities in the 23 states where marijuana is legal are responsible for greenhouse-gas emissions almost…

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