Marijuana growers now eligible for reduced agricultural rates, PG&E says

Some California marijuana growers can now get a bit energy relief after PG&E changed it's agricultural rate plan to reflect the passage of Proposition 64.

The energy company announced this week that marijuana cultivators who have permits to grow crops on their land for business purposes are eligible for an agricultural energy rate — the same rate farmers in the state receive. 

"We've met with representatives of the emerging legal cannabis industry and listened to their needs," PG&E VP of Customer Service Deborah Affonsa said in a statement. "We are here to help our customers make smart, efficient and affordable energy choices. 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."

According to the company, customers are eligible for the agricultural rate if at least 70 percent of the annual energy usage is for cultivation purposes. The rate applies to both outdoor and indoor grows, the company said.

The change comes off the heels of California's passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in November, which legalizes both the recreational use of cannabis and the cultivation of the plant. According to the new law, people can grow up to six marijuana plants inside of their private residence. 

Residential PG&E customers, however, will not be eligible for the agricultural rate, the company said.

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