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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for February 28

Feb 28, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for February 28, 2018:

  • Prince William County May Triple Tax Rate on Data Center Equipment: Prince William County Officials are considering a tax hike that, if passed, would triple the tax rate that data centers owe on computer equipment. The proposal has been received as a response to public controversies over additional power lines that would be needed for further data center development in this booming region. As of February 20, the latest proposal would raise tax rates from $1.25 per $100 to $3.70 per $100.
  • Bluebird to Expand Underground Data Center: Midwestern telecommunications company Bluebird, has begun the initial stages of expanding its Springfield, MO, Underground Data Center, located in an underground mine. The expansion design is underway and the project will go to bid in late May. The additional 4,700 square-feet of white space will bring the total floor are to 22,300 square-feet.  The entire data center currently occupies 80,000 square-feet of mine space, with the remaining space being dedicated to critical mechanical and electrical support systems.
  • EU Seeks to Create “Plug-and-Play” Fuel Cell Gensets: The European Union has initiated a five-year project called “Everywh2ere” that seeks to engineer and implement transportable, zero-emission gensets that will be powered by proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells to replace diesel generators. While they will initially be used to power emergency and construction sites as well as mining and industrial sites, industry observers hope and expect the technology to easily applicable to data centers. widely used for backup and temporary power. The project will  fund twelve companies from across Europe with 7 Million Euros.
  • Remington Data Center Approved by Fauquier County Planning Commission: Point One Holdings Inc., an Alberta, Canada-based developer has finally received approval from the Fauquier County Planning Commission for its long-awaited proposal to build six data-center buildings on 234 acres between Remington and Lucky Hill roads. However, the road to construction is not done yet — the next step in the approval process will be a public hearing on March 8.
  • Flexential’s Chris Downie Part of CBJ’s Most Admired CEOs: The Charlotte Business Journal has announced its inaugural class of Most Admired Chief Executive Officers. The roster includes 40 local leaders from across many industries, including Accounting, Commercial Real Estate, Construction, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospital, Manufacturing, and more. The three nominations for the Technology category include Chris Downie of Flexential, as well as Doug Lebda of LendingTree and Michael Praeger of AvidXchange. The awards will be presented at the Charlotte Westin on March 29.
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