Laurelwood Data Center Small Power Plant Exemption

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Laurelwood Data Center Small Power Plant Exemption
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Project Applicant
MECP1 Santa Clara 1, LLC

Document Description
The applicant submitted a small power plant exemption {SPPE) application to the California Energy Commission {CEC) for the proposed Laurelwood Data Center (LDC) at 2210 Laurelwood Road in Santa Clara, California. The LDC would consist of two multi-storied data center buildings and 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 up to 99 MW, inclusive of tenant-installed information technology (IT) equipment at the LDC and cooling and ancillary electrical and telecommunications equipment operating to support IT equipment. The LDC would also include an onsite 60-kilovolt substation with an electrical supply line that would connect to a Silicon Valley Power distribution line located 0.1 mile west of the LDC. To make way for the project, demolition and removal of asphalt/foundations and underground utilities would be necessary, prior to construction. The CEC has exclusive permitting authority under the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act (Warren-Alquist Act) to approve or deny, applications for the construction and operation of thermal power plants that will generate SO MW or more of electricity. The SPPE process allows applicants with thermal power plants between 50 and 100 MW to obtain an exemption from the CEC's jurisdiction and proceed with local approval rather than requiring certification by the CEC.

Contact Information
Lisa Worrall
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS 40
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 654-4545


Santa Clara
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
2201 Laurelwood Road

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Energy Commission
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
CEC Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Notice of Determination
2019089107_Laurelwood Data Center Small   PDF 691 K

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