For Immediate Release: January 10, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Site visit and public informational hearing to be held January 26 for Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission siting committee reviewing the proposed Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center Project will hold a site visit and public informational hearing.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2012, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Santa Clara Fire Training Center, 1900 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, California

The public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site, which starts at 11:30 a.m. Transportation to the site leaves the center at 11:15 a.m. The hearing begins at 12:30 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before January 19 by contacting the Commission's Public Adviser's Office at 916-654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 5:

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, offer comments and concerns, and to view the project site. The applicant will explain the plans for the project. The Commission staff will explain the small plant exemption process (SPPE) and the staff's role in reviewing the project. The Public Adviser's Office will explain how to participate in the process.

What: Xeres Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of DuPont Fabros Technologies, LP submitted an application for an SPPE to complete the second phase of the Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center, adding 16 backup diesel generators and associated equipment which would have the capacity to generate 36 megawatts (MWs).

The first phase of the data center, which is located at 555 Reed Street in Santa Clara, currently operates with 16 backup generators with a capacity of 36 MWs. When completed, the project would have 32 backup generators able to produce 72 MWs. The data center relies on the local grid system for its electrical needs. The backup generators are not connected to the grid. The generators are used only if a power outage occurs.

The Energy Commission licenses thermal power plants 50 MWs and larger. If a power plant project is between 50 and 100 MWs, the Commission may exempt it from its review process under an SPPE. However, the Commission must conduct an environmental analysis that finds that a proposed project would result in no substantial adverse impacts to the environment or energy resources.

Normally with an SPPE, an applicant would be responsible for obtaining all necessary local, state, and federal permits to build and operate a proposed power plant. Local and state agencies would use the Energy Commission's environmental document when issuing their respective permits for a proposed project in line with California Environmental Quality Act. However, both phases of the data center already have the required permits from the city of Santa Clara. This current SPPE process is to ensure that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District can complete its permit for the data center's second phase.

More information about the Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center Project can be found at:

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