Project Owner
MECP1 Santa Clara 1, LLC
Docket Number
99 MW
Santa Clara
Backup Generating System
Project Status
Project Type
Small Power Plant Exemption
Project Description

MECP1 Santa Clara 1, LLC (Applicant) is seeking an exemption from the Energy Commission’s jurisdiction (Small Power Plant Exemption, or SPPE) and proceed with local approval rather than requiring an Energy Commission license. In reviewing an SPPE application the Energy Commission acts as the lead agency under section 25519(c) of the Public Resources Code and, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will perform any required environmental analysis. The applicant proposes to construct and operate the Laurelwood Data Center (LDC or project) in Santa Clara, California. The LDC would consist of two multi-storied data center buildings, 56 3.0 megawatt (MW) standby backup diesel-fired generators capable of providing electrical power during utility outages or certain onsite electrical equipment interruption or failure. The maximum electrical load of the LDC would be 99 MW, inclusive of tenant-installed information technology (IT) equipment in the LDC and cooling and ancillary electrical and telecommunications equipment operating to support IT equipment. The LDC would also include an onsite 60 kilovolt (kV) substation with an electrical supply line that would connect to a Silicon Valley Power (SVP) distribution line located 0.1 miles west of the LDC. To make way for the project, demolition of asphalt/foundations and underground utilities would be necessary, prior to construction. CEQA requires the lead agency to consider the whole of the action; therefore, the Energy Commission will include the entire data center project in its analysis, which includes the demolition of asphalt/foundations and underground utilities and construction of two new multi-story data center buildings along with the installation and operation of the generators. 

Small Power Plant Exemption

The CEC Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) process allows applicants proposing thermal power plants between 50 and 100 MW to obtain an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring CEC certification. The CEC can grant an exemption if it finds that the proposed facility will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. These facilities were exempted from the CEC’s jurisdiction.

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