Session 2

Session 2: Incentives vs. Regulations – What Do They Mean for Product Selection?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 1pm-2:15pm EST

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This roundtable will feature a discussion between cannabis/horticulture regulators and utility energy efficiency program administrators that compares their approaches to constraining energy use and increasing grower/licensee participation. Energy codes versus regulations, incenting beyond regulations, and key challenges for market transformation are a few of the topics we’ll tackle in this session.


  • Explore different approaches to constrain energy use in controlled environment agriculture.
  • Review challenges with accelerating adoption and offering incentives for products in states and/or regions where DLC listed products are required in code or regulations.
  • Understand how incentives can be structured to differentiate products above code.


  • Regulators
  • Utility members
  • Growers
  • Manufacturers


Thao Chau
Electrical Engineer
California Energy Commission

Thao is an electrical engineer in the Efficiency division’s Building Standards Office. She has been involved with the development of the energy code for the past three code cycles including work with compliance software and energy standards development. She is currently leading for the Controlled Environment Horticulture measure for the 2022 Energy Code update, focusing on the energy efficiency of indoor agricultural buildings. She is also a subject matter on other lighting measures. Thao holds a MS in both electrical engineering and mathematics.

Lauren Gaikowski
Energy Advisor II
Franklin Energy

Lauren currently serves as Energy Advisor for indoor cannabis cultivators and dairy operations in the ComEd territory. In her work, Lauren develops cannabis custom express program design and cannabis load calculator and assessment tools. Prior to Franklin Energy, Lauren worked as Non-managed Account Energy Advisor at CleaResult guiding customers through energy efficiency incentive program paths.

Derek Smith
Executive Director
Resource Innovation Institute

Derek Smith is Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization advancing a resource efficient future for cannabis cultivation and controlled environment agriculture through advocating for policies and incentives that drive energy and water efficient cultivation practices. RII's Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking platform and Efficient Yields workshops help cultivators, the supply chain and utilities assess performance and exchange best practices. Before RII, Derek led Clean Energy Works, recognized as one of the most successful American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ("stimulus") programs. He has directed energy programs for the City of Portland and created an award-winning corporate sustainability program for a national retailer. Derek has testified to the US Senate Energy Committee and briefed the US Secretary of Energy.

Brendan Place 
Clean Energy Engineer, Mechanical Engineer
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources