We are sharing a post from our partners at Sugarloaf Citizens Association with a deep dive on the large data center(s) complex and energy storage facility Terra is planning to build on the land.
Next steps: we will be meeting with the County Executive to convey our thoughts/concerns. We will meet with Terra Innovations to convey our requested conditions/provisions for their conditional use approval for both data centers and battery storage facility.
MCA signed onto a letter with the Smarter Growth Alliance of Frederick County asking that the County Executive expand her previous executive order that was a pause on approval of data center site plans to add a pause on certain zoning map amendments while the new use of data centers is studied. The letter asks that a pause be expanded to include acceptance, review or approval of data centers while the report from the county's Data Center Working Group is in process and the County makes any policy changes based on that report.
This common sense ask keeps data centers from rushing to apply now before new policies are enacted.
Northern VA Has a Data Center Problem
Dominion proposes 230kV transmission infrastructure for Arcola data centers
How Data Center Cooling Works and Can Promote Sustainability
Reads in part:As much as 50% of all power used in a data center is spent on cooling technologies. Major enterprises are all moving towards reducing their carbon footprint, which means cooling technologies either have to change—or need to go.
According to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GESI), in their Smarter 2030 report, the digital world today, at this very moment, encompasses:
- 34 billion pieces of equipment
- More than 4 billion users