Facebook to build data center in Sarpy County

Written by Matt Oberding, Lincoln Journal Star

The data center will be 100 percent powered by wind energy, which largely will be made possible by new wind farms being constructed in the state. Facebook also is partnering with the Omaha Public Power District to implement a new renewable energy tariff that will allow it and any other customer of the utility to acquire and pay for clean and renewable energy resources. Read more here.

Image courtesy of Facebook: A rendering of the company’s planned data center south of Papillion.

Facebook data center coming to Papillion, by Patti Jo Peterson, The Plattsmouth Journal
PAPILLION – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Facebook selected Papillion as the site of its newest data center. The Nebraska facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center overall and sixth in the United States, providing the infrastructure needed to help support the 1.86 billion people on Facebook monthly. Company officials expect the 970,000- square-foot Papillion campus to be online as early as 2020 . . . Facebook data centers typically support more than 1,000 local jobs during construction, as well as hundreds of long-term operational jobs.
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Designing and implementing renewable energy tariffs – Facebook Green Blog Post
Today, there are 11 renewable energy tariffs available in nine states that help make renewables accessible, and we’re proud to have played a role in the creation of several of those tariffs. In Nebraska, we worked with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to create Rate 261-M. Over the course of several months, we collaborated with OPPD on the details of the rate design to ensure it enables corporations to cover 100 percent of their usage with renewable energy, while bringing broader economic benefits to OPPD.  The energy for our Papillion data center will come from new wind farms.

Both New Mexico and Nebraska are regulated markets, meaning customers cannot choose who generates their power and are bound to the utility in that area. As we began to plan our new data centers in these states, we worked with the local utility to develop a path to power our facilities with clean and renewable energy. We will continue to use this strategy moving forward. We openly share this strategy and our learning through coalitions like RE100 and Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) to open the energy market. Read the complete post here.

OPPD News Release: OPPD’s Innovative Rate Attracts Big Business
After thorough review and analysis from OPPD representatives and independent rate consultant, The Brattle Group, the OPPD Board of Directors unanimously approved the final version of Rate 261M in January.

Qualification for Rate 261M
To qualify for this rate, a customer must be large enough to meet certain criteria, such as requiring a minimum of 20 megawatts (MW) of demand for 161-kilovolt (kV) service and 200 MW of demand for 345-kV service. A ramp-up period of 18 months would be allowed before that minimum usage requirement kicks in. A customer also needs to own or acquire its own substation. Read the entire release here.