Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center, Phase 2
Power Plant Licensing Case

Docket Number:

2011-SPPE-01 (Application For Certification)
2011-SPPE-1C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: 2015.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on March 28, 2012. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • 11/21/2011 - Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) filed
  • 12/14/2011 - Energy Commission accepts application as eligible for SPPE."
  • 3/09/2012 - Committee releases Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.
  • 3/28/2012 - Commission approves Application For Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • 3/28/2012 - Back-up generators operational and ready.


On November 18, 2011, Xeres Ventures, LLC, (Xeres), a subsidiary of DuPont Fabros Technologies, LP, submitted an Application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) from the Energy Commission to construct and operate the Santa Clara SC-1 Data Center, Phase 2, (Data Center), at 555 Reed Street, Santa Clara, California. Xeres proposes to install an additional 16 backup generators at the Data Center, located in an industrial area in the City of Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California. Each backup generator has a capacity to generate 2250 kW, or 2.25 MW.

The City of Santa Clara, as Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prepared an Initial Study and issued a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the project in March, 2008. The Data Center, when complete, will include a total of 32 backup generators, with a total capacity of 72 MW. Xeres has constructed and is currently operating Phase 1 of the facility and seeks the Energy Commission exemption in order to obtain authorization to complete the build out of Phase 2. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Energy Commission's authority to permit power plants require the applicant to seek authorization to add the 16-backup generators and appurtenant facilities as a result of the increased generation beyond the 50 MW threshold (see below).

Energy Commission Facility Certification Process

The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.

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