DOVER – The Delaware Economic Development Office on Thursday gave provisional approval to a $15.5 million grant request by a Pennsylvania-based consortium of investors and stakeholders who want to build a $1.1 billion gas-fired CHP (combined heat…
The gas-fired power plant will produce twice as much energy as the fiber-optic data center needs, leaving half the power available to flow into the grid to be sold to the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a wholesale utility that powers Newark, New Castle, Middletown, Clayton, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes and Seaford.
“Newark is very pleased [about the probable partnership],” said City Manager Carol Houck. “We believe it was bring with it many benefits.”
Gene Kern, CEO of The Data Centers, said there are advantages to a data center having its own power supply. First, electricity is the biggest expense for the fiber-optic data center. Second, local power outages will have no impact on fiber-optic service.
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