Niobrara Data Center Energy Park proposed for Weld County gets nod from Colorado PUC

By: InnovatioNews Friday November 8, 2013 0 comments Tags: Carr, CH2M Hill, Colorado PUC, Craig Harrison

Niobrara Park logoNEAR CARR - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan to convert 662 acres in northern Weld County into the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park.

The $4.2 billion, self-contained data center is being developed by Fort Collins resident Craig Harrison, owner of Harrison Resources.

The park is being engineered by CH2M Hill and sits at an infrastructure nexus of highways, pipelines and electrical transmission lines to enable construction of a secure cloud computing data center with uninterruptable power.

Harrison called the development a "digital Fort Knox" that will include its own gas utility.

"The unique location of this new gas utility is its proximity to one of the largest gas hubs in America, where approximately 5 to 7 percent of the USA's gas flows daily and $4 billion of gas is traded annually," said Harrison.

"The on-site gas supply lines in the project have a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. The gas power plant could then be combined with zoning-approved renewable energies of solar, fuel cells, energy storage and wind."

The project is estimated to create thousands of construction jobs and many high-paying permanent jobs.

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