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CAN (QC): Preferential electricity rates for MJ producers extendedHydro-Quebec extends preferential electricity rates for cannabis producers giving them an advantage of other provinces and making Quebec a very desired place to do business.
“The producers of cannabis, whether for medical purposes or recreational, will be entitled to the tariff advantage if they use natural sunlight in their growing process,” says Marc-Antoine Pouliot, a spokesman for Hydro-Québec.
In 2013, the corporation put in place a tariff to support the greenhouse industry provided they use photosynthesis lighting. By using natural sunlight, customers using at least 400 kW of power will pay 5.53 ¢/kWh. In comparison, a residential subscriber of Hydro-Québec currently pays 5.82 ¢/kWh for the first 33 kilowatt hours billed. The following kilowatt hours climb up to 8.92 ¢/kWh per unit. This could add up to a substantial savings for MYM in its Greenhouse operations.
This decree also intended that these tariff measures promote “both the small and large greenhouse producers,” to ensure that they “will contribute to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020,” and will “create new jobs in the industry of the greenhouse thus serving to support the economic development of Quebec.”
“Once built out, the preferential electricity rates allowed to our greenhouses situated in both Weedon and Laval Quebec represent millions of dollars in savings to our bottom line,” said Rob Gietl, CEO of MYM. “This savings is of great benefit to our partner communities, the environment, and our shareholders.”
MYM is also exploring other renewable sources of energy including solar and hydro power for both the 1.5 million sqft. greenhouse facility in Quebec and the 1.2 sqft. greenhouse facility in Australia.
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Publication date: 1/22/2018
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