For Immediate Release: February 16, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Evidentiary hearing to be held February 22 for Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center will hold an evidentiary hearing.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m.

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

People unable to attend the hearing can participate by telephone and/or by computer. Click the following link and scroll to page 6:

Why: The evidentiary hearing is being held so that the applicant can prove that the project will have no substantial adverse impacts to the environment or energy resources as required in order to qualify for an exemption from the Commission's licensing process.

The review process provides a public forum for the applicant, Commission staff, government agencies, adjacent landowners, and the public to consider the exemption request.

What: What: Xeres Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of DuPont Fabros Technologies, LP submitted an application for a small power plant exemption (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 Silicon Valley Power grid system for its electrical needs. The backup generators do not feed power onto the grid. The generators are used to run the data center 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 a 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 project can be found at:

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