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Smart Grid Northwest

Smart Grid Leadership Series – Deep VerticalMarket Energy Efficiency and Smart Indoor Cannabis Production 

John Morris, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director, CLEAResult
Erik Larson, Co-founder, Building Energy

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Oregon just joined Washington in legalizing marijuana. Indoor cannabis production is ahighly energy intensive process, so the opportunity for efficiency in the Northwest is huge. By some accounts, as much as 1% of the energy in the U.S. is used to produce marijuana, and that was before this week’s elections legalizing it in Oregon, Alaska, and D.C.

Please join us Thursday, February 12th for the fourth event in the Smart Grid Leadership Series – Creating Energy Efficient Solutions for Vertical Markets. The discussion will be lead by John Morris, Policy & Regulatory Affairs Director at CLEAResult, and Erik Larson, Co-founder of Building Energy. This will be an interactive session designed to inspire a larger conversation with the Smart Grid community.

The evening gathering will be hosted by Ater Wynne, with appetizers and drinks, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

Event DescriptionAfter 30 years of energy conservation in the Northwest, it is time to move beyond basic evaluation of energy efficiency in the traditional sectors of residential, industrial, commercial and agriculture. The energy efficiency industry is now moving into a delivery of solutions focused on vertical markets within each of the traditional utility sectors. With energy intensive business types expanding across the region – from indoor agriculture including cannabis production to data centers – the opportunity has never been greater for targeted, intelligent efficiency.

Members: $20
Non-Members: $40

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John Morris is the Policy & Regulatory Director of CLEAResult for the Western U.S. and Canada. He has worked since 2004 to develop and pass progressive energy efficiency legislation dealing with both the residential and commercial sectors, working with stakeholders including, Climate Solutions, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, EEBC, NEEC, and SWEEP. Hisfocus has been on market transformation and emerging technologies that continue to deliver energy efficiency for his clients. John has also worked for PECI, FluidMarket Strategies, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Climate Solutions and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. When he is not with his wife and sons, he enjoys chasing waves to surf throughout the Northwest.
Erik Larson is a lifelong soldier working to cut energy spend in buildings, and has spent most of his professional years as an entrepreneur. Mr. Larson is co-founder of Building Energy Inc., a venture capital funded startup that is creating the largest and most trusted network of building data and applications. The U.S. Department of Energy licensed Building Energy’s platform to power the Buildings Performance Database. the largest aggregation of energy asset performance data in the U.S. Prior to co-founding Building Energy Mr. Larson served as executive vice president at Indie Energy, which developed patented next generation geothermal HVAC technology, and earned accolades from the U.S. Department of Energy. Indie Energy counted customers including Walgreens, Medline Industries, and the City of Chicago.

About Smart Grid Northwest

Founded four years ago as Smart Grid Oregon, Smart Grid Northwest is expanding the regional focus and impact of the organization with the mission to promote, grow and enable the smart grid industry and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. The organization has 50 member companies and growing, representing regional utilities, smart grid industry companies, major energy users (corporations), service firms, higher education, government agencies, non-profits, and other grid development stakeholders. Smart Grid Northwest’s efforts to promote a cluster of smart grid-related companies, while also working to enable deployment of smart grid solutions, will be focused in three priority areas: Education, policy, and planning. More details will be available soon at SmartGridNW.org.

For interest in sponsorship opportunities or SGNW membership, contact SGNW Director Bryce Yonker,


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February 12, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


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