On March 1, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that licensed medical marijuana cultivators are now eligible for PG&E’s agricultural energy rate and recreational cultivators will be eligible once they’ve been licensed under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
“Cannabis is a legal crop in our state, like almonds and tomatoes. Agricultural growers now will be eligible for the same rate and energy efficiency programs as farmers of other crops,” said Deborah Affonsa, PG&E’s vice president of Customer Service.
In addition to the licensing requirement, a cultivation operation has to show that 70% or more of its annual energy use is for agricultural end-uses, e.g., cultivating marijuana, crop irrigation or “other uses that involve agricultural production for sale which do not change the form of the product.”
“We’ve met with representatives of the emerging legal cannabis industry and listened to their needs. We are here to help our customers make smart, efficient and affordable energy choices,” Affonsa explained. “Now that cannabis is in California’s future, our next step is to work with these new agricultural customers and make this industry as energy efficient as possible.”
While AUMA does permit a resident of the state to cultivate up to six indoor marijuana plants in a private residence, PG&E’s agricultural energy rate does not apply to homegrowers.