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Google Data Center to Be Built at Coal Plant Site in Alabama

Google Data Center Widows CreekFirst Google Data Center to Locate on Repurposed Coal Generation Site

Google Data Center at TVA’s Widows Creek.  The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced today Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek to be the site of it’s newest and 14th Google Data Center.  Widows Creek is a soon-to-be retired coal plant site in North Alabama. Joining  Present at the announcement were Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, local and state officials, Gary Demasi, Google Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy,TVA’s President and CEO Bill Johnson and TVA Chairman Joe Ritch.

“This is a big day for TVA,” Bill Johnson said. “The partnership between the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, and TVA helped secure an innovative, global technology company to the Valley.”

TVA’s board of directors approved the closure of Widows Creek earlier this year following EPA’s release of coal combustion rules requiring additional environmental and financial requirements.

“The coal plant will be in operation for a few more months and we appreciate the hard-working employees who remain dedicated to generating electricity safely at Widows Creek,” Johnson said. “This facility has served TVA well since it started operating in 1952; so the decision to close Widows Creek was not easy, and is especially hard on our employees and their families. We are thankful for this exciting new opportunity for jobs in northern Alabama.

“Google could have located their next data center anywhere in the world, but they chose this site. What began as a power generation facility will now become a data center harnessing the power of the Internet to connect people all over the world,” he added.

 “Selecting the Widows Creek site to build our newest data center came after an extensive search,” said Gary Demasi, Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy for Google. “The idea of repurposing a former coal generating site and powering our new facility with renewable energy – especially reliable, affordable energy that we can count on 24/7 with the existing infrastructure in place – was attractive.”

TVA’s transmission system ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. utilities and has achieved 99.999 percent reliability every year since 2000, surpassing Tier IV data center standards. TVA currently has 23 primary data center sites available across its seven-state service area.

Google will invest $600 million in this project and will bring quality jobs to northern Alabama and the TVA region.

As TVA continues to develop a cleaner, more diverse energy portfolio, it is reviewing the future of the land and physical structures associated with the retired coal-fired plant units. It will lead the energy industry in working to repurpose former generating sites for economic development opportunities that bring needed revenue into communities and improve lives of people in the Valley.

TVA is the largest public power provider in the United States and serves 17 municipal power companies and eight co-ops in North Alabama. Together, they provide power for more than 485,000 households and nearly 97,000 commercial and industrial customers. TVA also directly serves large Alabama industrial customers and government facilities. Google will bring the total of direct-served customers to 12.

            The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

IKEA SECURES CONTRACTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, UPDATED STORE AT SWEDISH RETAILER’S CURRENT LOCATION IN RENTON

IKEA Hires Deacon Corp as General Contractor for New Renton Store IKEA announced today that they have finally hired contractors for constructing a new, updated store in Renton. The new Ikea store will be built to replace its current store as the Swedish retailer’s Seattle-area presence.  The new IKEA store will be built in part of… Continue Reading

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue to Hold Grand Opening Celebration for New Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will host a public ceremony celebrating the Grand Opening of their Foster Family Foundation Branch – the Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-11am at Hidden Valley Fieldhouse, located at 1903 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The public is invited… Continue Reading

CITC Hires New Regional Coordinator and Opens Spokane Facility

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Ken Hill as the Eastern Washington regional coordinator. He will be responsible for CITC’s newest facility in Spokane, Wash. CITC also has facilities in Bellevue and Vancouver, Wash. Hill graduated from CITC and became a journeyman electrician in 1993. Then, after working in the field,… Continue Reading

ABC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers

Mark VanWell – Chair of ABC Board of Directors Mark VanWell, VanWell Masonry Inc., was elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors; Chair-elect is Jamie Creek with Synergy Construction, Inc.; Vice Chair – Government and Labor Affairs is John Noble, Washington Commercial Painters; Vice Chair – Membership is Mike Schultis, Schultis Sundberg Inc.;… Continue Reading

Next stage of Bellevue’s 120th Avenue Project Begins Monday September 15th

Contractors will begin making improvements to 120th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Seventh and 12th streets on Monday, September 15. The city is widening the street to five lanes and adding bike lanes and sidewalks as part of a project to improve mobility and accommodate growth in the corridor. This is the second stage of the… Continue Reading