Data centers alone are expected to double Virginia's energy use by 2040. Who pays for increased energy capacity? Hint- it's not the data center operators. In fact Marylanders could be paying for $500 million of the tab for grid improvements to support VA's data center spree.
This new energy and water intensive use needs careful guiderails on our side of the River. Read on for how we are engaging stakeholders to share concerns and recommendations for a proposal in the Ag Reserve.
- Also- why so many Data Centers? Turns out AI is a huge driver of climate change.
- The backup energy needs of data centers are also huge, Governor Moore has just proposed a bill to let data centers bypass the Public Service Commission when seeking approval for huge diesel generators
We are meeting with Planning staff to share our thoughts which include concern about lack of specific information about project. Applicant indicates they will provide details later after approval.
Our review of the documents submitted raises concerns, primarily as to the material that has not been included. The applicant apparently is looking for preliminary approval before submitting all required application components. This is troubling as one rightly asked how something can be approved without knowing the salient details. Stay tuned for more.
Maryland Matters did a great background of why data centers cause so much concern
Here are the concerns and recommendations submitted by both organizations to the applicant.
We continue to advocate for both state and county regulations to guide this land use. Currently the data center land-use does not have a regulatory framework.
Community Meeting with SCA, MCA and Sugarloaf Alliance on Data Center Concerns
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