Small NatGas Electric Plant Proposed for Delaware Data Center

Today MDN published an article about a proposed natural gas-fired electric plant planned for Ohio (see New Utica-Powered Electric Plant Proposed for Guernsey County, OH). Contrast that article about an 1,100 megawatt plant and its tone of “this is great, look t the jobs it will bring and the energy it will produce” to an article about a data center in Middletown, Delaware. The builders of a proposed data center need a lot of electricity (all those computers use a lot of electricity)–so they filed an application to build their own 52.5 megawatt natgas electric power generating plant. The Delaware plant will produce about 4% of the electricity produced by the proposed Ohio plant. And yet the article about the Delaware proposal is alarmist–as if this tiny little plant will poison the air the neighbors breathe. We find it amusing…

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