An extreme heat wave in California has led the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) to request that those who hold cannabis licenses consider engaging in energy conservation efforts. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency Aug. 31, stating that temperatures throughout the state are expected to exceed 110 degrees in some areas. The National Weather Service also issued excessive heat warnings and watches beginning Aug. 31 and ending Sept. 6. 

The state of emergency states that the heat wave is and will “continue to put significant demand and strain on California’s energy grid.” 

In addition, the heat wave is expected to be a “West-wide event, meaning that energy demand will be high across the region, and California will have limited ability to import energy from out-of-state,” the document states.

In response to the state of emergency, the DCC issued an alert to cannabis license holders Sept. 6, requesting for them to think about reducing their energy loads by:

Turning off lights/significant energy sourcesUsing a backup generator, if available

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, the California Independent System Operator issued several emergency alerts regarding energy conservation efforts and expects that “future emergency alerts may follow,” the state of emergency states.