San Jose Data Center 04


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
San Jose Data Center 04
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Vacant/ /zoning CIC-Combined Industrial/Commercial and General Plan IP-Industrial Park
Document Description
The San José Data Center Campus (SJDC 04 or project) (22-SPPE-02) proposed in the city of San José. SJDC 04 would include two data center buildings; emergency backup generating facilities; recycled water storage, fire water storage, pipelines, and support buildings; building cooling equipment; an on-site substation and switchyard; potentially two distribution transmission lines; and ancillary support facilities. Together these constitute the “project” under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The CEC has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants (50 megawatt [MW] and greater) and related facilities proposed for construction in California. Applicants proposing to construct thermal power plants between 50 and 100 MW may obtain an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring CEC 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 (Pub. Resources Code, § 25541). Public Resources Code section 25519(c) designates the CEC as lead agency, in accordance with CEQA, for all facilities seeking an exemption. The CEC will not be approving the construction of SJDC 04, only determining whether the project can be exempted from the CEC’s jurisdiction. The project site encompasses approximately 22.29 acres on two properties located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Orchard Parkway and Component Drive in the city of San José. Most of the project site is located on assessor’s parcel number (APN) 101-02-020 and a portion of the switching station (to be owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company [PG&E]) would be located on APN 101-02-019. The two parcels would be combined through a lot line adjustment/merger. Both project parcels are currently undeveloped with sparse grasses and a few trees along the western and northern boundaries. The project site is generally bound to the north by an existing two-story facility with office and manufacturing uses, to the south by an existing five-story office facility to the east by Orchard Parkway and undeveloped property, and to the west by the Guadalupe Trail and Guadalupe River. The project site has a General Plan land use designation of CIC-Combined Industrial/ Commercial and IP-Industrial Parkland is zoned CIC Combined Industrial/ Commercial. Parcels near the project site consist primarily of commercial and industrial land uses to the north, east, and south. Land uses to the west include the Bayshore Highway, approximately 500 feet west of the project site and the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, approximately 750 feet to the west of the closest property line. The nearest residential area and the closest school are each approximately 0.8 mile to the north of the project site. The project’s generating facility would include Tier 4 compliant diesel-fired generators to provide up to 97.8 MW to the data center in the event of a loss of electric service from PG&E. Specifically proposed are 32 3-MW primary emergency generators; 2 0.5-MW administrative emergency generators; and 2 0.8-MW storage tank area emergency generators. The sole purpose of the backup generating facilities is to provide electrical power to support the data center campus operations in the event of loss of electrical service from the local electric utility provider, PG&E. The project would install within existing public right-of-way off-site utility infrastructure and potential intersection improvements to serve the project. The project includes the creation of a Class I bike path along the project’s southern property line. The project would improve both the southwest and southeast corners of the Trimble Road and Orchard Parkway intersection, removing the existing pedestrian refuge (pork-chop) islands at the southwest and southeast corners. This removal would require a modification of the existing traffic signal to relocate the existing poles from the pedestrian refuge islands.

Contact Information

Lisa Worrall
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Senior Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Jose
Santa Clara
Cross Streets
Orchard Parkway and Component Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
101-02-020 and 101-02-019
State Highways
I-880, US-101, SR 87
UP-Amtrak, Caltrain, VTA
Norman Y. Mineta San José Intnl
Attachment A
San Tomas Aquino Creek, Guadalupe River, and Coyote Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Development Types
Other (Data center with diesel backup generators)
Local Actions
Use Permit, lot line adjustment/merger
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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