Great Oaks South Data Center

Summary

SCH Number
2020100431
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Great Oaks South Data Center
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Received
Project Applicant
SV1 LLC., a subsidiary of Equinix
Present Land Use
Vacant, Industrial Park, Transit Employment Center

Document Description
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants (50 megawatts [MW] and greater) and related facilities proposed for construction in California. The SPPE process allows applicants with facilities between 50 and 100 MW to obtain an exemption from CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring CEC certification. CEC can grant an exemption if it finds that the proposed facility would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. Public Resources Code section 25519(c) designates CEC as the lead agency, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for all facilities seeking an SPPE. SV1, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Equinix, LLC (SV1 or applicant) filed an application with the CEC seeking an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction (Small Power Plant Exemption, or SPPE) for the Great Oaks South Backup Generating Facility (GOSBGF) (20-SPPE-01). The GOSBGF would be part of the Great Oaks South Data Center (GOSDC) to be located in the City of San Jose. The project was approved by the city on February 1, 2017 but was not constructed. Since its approval, SV1, LLC has made project design changes and is now seeking approval of an SPPE for the GOSBGF. The GOSDC would consist of three 182,350 square foot, two-story data center buildings. The project site is approximately 18-acres in size. The GOSBGF would consist of 36 3.25-MW diesel-fired generators in six generation yards that would each be separately electrically interconnected to the three data center buildings. The GOSBGF would be used exclusively to provide backup generation and uninterruptible power supply for the GOSDC, and other than for routine maintenance and testing, would only operate in the event of a failure of the electrical service from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to the data center. In addition, the GOSBGF would include three life safety diesel fired generators, each capable of generating 0.50 MW. GOSBGF would have a generating capacity of up to 99.0 MW. The GOSDC would connect to a new PG&E substation via five new 21 kilovolt (kV) distribution feeders that would extend underground either along Via Del Oro or along Great Oaks Boulevard, or via both routes to the project site. The California Public Utilities Commission has granted PG&E approval to construct the new substation, which is called the “Santa Teresa Substation”.

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

Phone : (916) 661-8367
lisa.worrall@energy.ca.gov

Location

Cities
San Jose
Counties
Santa Clara
Regions
Northern California
Cross Streets
Via Del Oro and Great Oaks Boulevard
Zip
95119
Total Acres
18
Parcel #
706-02-060, 706-02-057
State Highways
SR-82, SR-85, & US-101
Railways
Valley Transportation Authority
Airports
none
Schools
multiple
Waterways
Coyote Creek, Santa Teresa Spring
Other Information
Alex Anderson Elementary School, Bernal School, Bertha Taylor Elementary School, Baldwin Elementary School,Los Paseos Elementary School, Martin Murphy Middle School, Oak Ridge Elementary School, Oak Grove School, Plantation Christian Elementary School, Plantation Christian High School, Rita Ledesma Elementary School,Santa Teresa Elementary School, Western Career College - San Jose

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Data center with diesel backup generators)
Local Action
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Noise Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Other
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 4 California Department of Water Resources California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 California State Lands Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Native American Heritage Commission

Attachments

Environmental Document
_Memo   PDF 1967 K Summary Form Package_GOS   PDF 111 K Updated_GOS_NOP_Letter_package   PDF 1390 K
NOC
NOC Package_GOS   PDF 297 K
State Comments
2020100431_NAHC Comment   PDF 462 K

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