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Live Stream of Papillion Facebook Data Center’s Grand Opening

Facebook Announcement 

It’s an exciting morning in Papillion! Facebook invites you to join them via live stream for their Grand Opening ceremony this morning at 10:30 a.m. on the Papillion Data Center Facebook page.

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Powering your Posts: NE Nebraska wind farm powering new Facebook data center, Siouxland News 

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New study shows Facebook data centers contributed $5.8 billion to U.S. economy

RTI International analyzed Facebook’s expenditures for U.S. data center construction and operations and estimated that, when accounting for multiplier effects, Facebook data centers have contributed a cumulative $5.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) to the U.S. economy from 2010-2016, or $835 million per year. This contribution estimate is primarily driven by the upfront capital investments for construction. Facebook’s renewable energy goals also drive third-party investment in solar and wind farms to provide clean energy to data centers in Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska and eventually in Ohio and Virginia.

The Impact of Facebook’s U.S. Data Center Fleet is available here.



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Construction starts on Nebraska wind farm that will sell electricity to Facebook for Omaha-area data center

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

Construction began Tuesday on the Dixon County, Nebraska, wind farm from which Facebook will buy electricity to power its massive Omaha-area data center. Survey work and site preparation will begin immediately, officials from Boston-area Enel Green Power North America said, and turbine deliveries are expected in June. “We’ll start road work before winter sets in, and major construction work will begin after the winter,” said Mark McGrail, associate vice president for energy management for Enel Green Power North America.

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Image: Rendition of Papillion Facebook Data Center by Facebook.

Half of OPPD’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2020, CEO says

Written by Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Omaha Public Power District President and Chief Executive Tim Burke said half the energy the utility sells to retail customers will come from renewable sources by the end of 2020. Burke said in remarks over lunch at the 10th annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference on Monday that the utility is working on a request for proposals for up to 300 megawatts more of wind energy. Click here to continue reading.

Enel’s New 320 MW U.S. Wind Project Will Power Facebook Data Centre in Nebraska, GlobeNewswire Press Release. Once fully operational, Rattlesnake Creek will be able to generate around 1.3 TWh annually, enough energy to meet the equivalent annual consumption needs of more than 105,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of around 940,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Facebook to tap the wind for power to Papillion plant


Facebook says the company worked with OPPD and Tradewind Energy to partner on a large new wind farm, known as the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The project is located in Dixon County, Nebraska, about 100 miles from the data center. It’s expected to create up to 300 additional construction jobs. Read more here.

Tradewind Energy Photo: The Facebook Data Center in Papillion will be powered 100% by renewable energy, with 200MW sourced from the 320MW Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project.

Tradewind Energy Information on the Rattlesnake Creek Project

  • More than 100 landowners and over 32,000 acres will be involved in the project. The project will take a minimal amount of acreage (1% to 2%) out of service, including land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings.
  • The project’s construction and operation will utilize a considerable amount of local materials and labor providing both short term and long term economic benefits.


OPPD, Facebook collaboration opens opportunities for public power: Burke

By Paul Ciampoli, News Director, Public Power Daily
American Public Power Association Blog

The Omaha Public Power District’s collaboration with Facebook, which resulted in the social media giant deciding to build a new data center in Nebraska, offers an example of how Facebook can work with public power to create economic development and value throughout the country, said OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke. “What Facebook has said is that typically they never really thought about public power as a solution because they didn’t think” public power would be “agile or creative enough,” Burke said at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Fla., on June 20. OPPD has helped to “knock down that barrier with them about how they can really engage public power to create economic development and value throughout the United States,” Burke said. Continue reading.

Image: A rendering of Facebook’s planned data center south of Papillion. Credit: Facebook


Trump Might Not Believe In the Risks of Climate Change – But Investors Do And They Are Taking Action

By Mike Scott, Contributor, Forbes

New research from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) reveals that 60% of the world’s 500 biggest asset owners (AOs), representing assets under management of $27 trillion, now recognize the financial risks of climate change and the opportunities that are created by the transition to a low carbon  economy . . . There has also been a proliferation of initiatives that highlight the risks to investors, including CDP’s Carbon Disclosure questionnaire, the Principles for Responsible Investment, the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures and Science-based Targets. In addition, the companies in which investors might put their money are also acting on climate change, with many of the biggest corporations – such as Apple; BMW; AB Inbev, the world’s largest brewer; General Motors; and Walmart – committing to source all their electricity from renewable sources.

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Photo: Papillion’s Facebook Data Center. Facebook is one of a growing number of large corporations committed to 100% renewable energy.


New Facebook data center is a major win for Nebraska and Sarpy County

Omaha World-Herald Editorial 

Sarpy is building a notable reputation for its ability to host these large information-handling facilities. Yahoo, Fidelity, Cabela’s and Travelers all have operations there. The Facebook announcement puts an exclamation point on Sarpy County’s data-center success . . . Tim Burke, OPPD’s chief executive officer, says additional companies have expressed interest in possible expansion projects since the utility adopted a new rate structure in January allowing large electricity users to tap renewables for all of their energy needs. The Facebook project, in other words, points to more possible development to come. Read the entire editorial here.

Photo: Officials from the Papillion area as well as OPPD President Tim Burke,  Governor Pete Ricketts and Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure for Facebook, fourth from left, pose for pictures after the ceremony announcing the construction of the Facebook data center in Papillion. Credit: Jake Daniels

What are wind techs, why are they so much in demand, and how do you become one?

From AWEA’s Updated Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet: 

  • Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Nebraska now has 1,328 MW of installed wind power.
  • State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 741
  • Wind projects online: 21 (Projects over 10 MW: 14)
  • Direct and indirect jobs supported: 3,001 to 4,000
  • Total capital investment: $1.7 billion
  • Annual land lease payments: $1-5 million

Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association

‘We want to move fast’: Facebook’s new data center near Papillion should be online by 2020

By Hailey Konnath, Omaha World-Herald

As state and city leaders shared congratulatory handshakes and posed for photos with shiny blue Facebook shovels Tuesday morning, construction was already beginning on the social media giant’s new data center south of Papillion. “We want to move fast,” said Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure for Facebook.
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OPPD will add even more windpower to serve Facebook data center
By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald  

OPPD President and Chief Executive Tim Burke said he and the utility’s then-new head of economic development met with Facebook officials at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters in 2013 to start talking about how to land large, environmentally minded electric customers in Omaha.

They met with other companies, too, and since the new rate was approved in January, other companies have taken notice. “We have several customers right now that are putting together potential expansion projects and will utilize that (new) rate to grow,” Burke said. Read more.

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.