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The Pot That Made the City Black

About 200 customers were affected by a power outage in Portland, Ore. The cause of the blackout: two indoor marijuana growing operations that overloaded a transformer. Portland General Electric spokesman Steve Corson said the company estimates about 10 percent of the 400 transformers it replaces per year are overheated from people growing marijuana. “It’s common to see 1,000 watt bulbs in a marijuana grow,” Corson said. The state allows up to four pot plants to be grown per residence. PGE spokesman Tom Gauntt says a four-plant operation draws the same amount of power as 29 refrigerators. The latest outage was one of seven caused by grows in their area. “Seven is not a lot,” Gauntt said. “But we want to nip this in the bud.” (MS/Portland Oregonian) ...Anyone consuming four plants would need 29 refrigerators anyway.
Original Publication Date: 22 November 2015
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