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 Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) process allows applicants with facilities not exceeding 100 MW to obtain an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring the CEC’s certification. The 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 the CEC as the lead agency, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), for all facilities seeking an SPPE.
STACK Infrastructure (STACK) filed an application with the CEC seeking an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction for the Trade Zone Boulevard Technology Park (STACK Trade Zone Park) (21-SPPE-02). The STACK Trade Zone Park would be located on two parcels of land encompassing approximately 9.8 acres at the corner of Trade Zone Boulevard and Ringwood Avenue (2400 Ringwood Avenue and 1849 Fortune Drive) in San Jose. STACK Trade Zone Park would include one four-story advanced manufacturing building (approximately 135,000 square feet), two three-story data center buildings (approximately 527,000 square feet), a parking garage, related utility infrastructure, and a 90 MW backup generating facility, which together constitute the “project” under CEQA.
The generating facility would consist of thirty-six 3 MW and two 1 MW diesel-fired emergency backup generators (gensets) arranged in two generation yards, each designed to serve one of the two data center buildings. All the gensets would be dedicated to replacing the electricity needs (with redundancy) of the data center buildings in case of a loss of electrical power from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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Industrial (2 parcels. #s for both parcels combined. 3 buildings)(Sq. Ft. 662000, Acres 9.8, Employees 198), Other (backup diesel generators)
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