Marijuana, Top US Crop, Has a $5B Power Bill

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Une lampe à LED exposée lors de l’édition 2010 de la cannabis crown © Chris Hondros/Getty Images/AFP

Dude. This might harsh your mellow.

About $5 billion in power is used each year in the U.S. to grow cannabis indoors, according to a recent report.

Put another way, 20 terawatt-hours per year, one percent of national electricity consumption, or the output of seven large power plants is devoted to make Pink Floyd sound interesting and keep the Denny’s graveyard shift in business.

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