Data Centers

Three Advocacy Priorities That Need Your Attention

Three Advocacy Priorities That Need Your Attention

Since the General Assembly began its 2024 session, the newly-opened General Assembly office building and the Capitol have seen frenetic activity, day in and day out. Many bills that were introduced in January have now seen numerous amendments and text changes, with some being passed over and others being voted out of committee and onto the House or Senate floor for action.

Resources from the Purcellville Community Meeting on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Jan. 22, 2024

Resources from the Purcellville Community Meeting on Transmission Lines and Data Centers – Jan. 22, 2024

On Monday, Jan. 22, we hosted a community meeting on data centers and energy infrastructure in Purcellville. It was great to have more than 170 people join us at Woodgrove High School to learn more about these important issues, ask questions and share concerns.

Virginia Data Center Reform Coalition

This growing coalition is currently made up of 27 environmental, conservation, historic preservation, and climate advocacy groups, as well as representatives of communities and neighborhoods across the state of Virginia.

Together, we are urging state lawmakers to study the cumulative effects of data center development on Virginia’s electrical grid, water resources, air quality, and land conservation efforts, and to institute several common-sense regulatory and rate-making reforms for the industry.

Numerous bills have been introduced in the 2024 General Assembly session thanks to the work of this collaboration in spreading the word, mobilizing public support, and working directly with elected officials to draft the legislation. We invite you to take action in supporting their passage.

Members

American Battlefield Trust
Chesapeake Bay Program
Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Citizens for Fauquier County
Clean Virginia
Coalition for Smarter Growth
The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks
Coalition to Protect Prince William County
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
Friends of the Rappahannock
Goose Creek Association
Henrico Conservation Action Network
HOA Roundtable
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Loudoun Climate Project
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Manassas Battlefield Trust
National Parks Conservation Association
The Piedmont Environmental Council
Preservation Virginia
Prince William Conservation Alliance
Protect Catlett
Protect Fauquier
Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
Southern Environmental Law Center
Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action
Virginia Conservation Network
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Virginia Native Plant Society
Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area
…and more, including 20+ HOA and community representatives

Data Center Reform Coalition Press Conference

Contact

Julie Bolthouse, Director of Land Use, Piedmont Environmental Council
jbolthouse@pecva.org; 571-442-4068.

Kyle Hart, Mid Atlantic Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
khart@npca.org; 202-400-1193

Video: “The Hidden Costs of the Cloud: Data Centers in Virginia”

Video: “The Hidden Costs of the Cloud: Data Centers in Virginia”

Virginia is undergoing an unprecedented economic, technological, and environmental transformation, all centered around the activities of one industry: data centers.

On The Ground Updates – December 2023

On The Ground Updates – December 2023

A series of short land use and conservation updates from around the PEC region.

Conservation Community Priorities for the 2024 General Assembly

Conservation Community Priorities for the 2024 General Assembly

With the many issues facing Virginia throughout the upcoming session, PEC staff will work with VCN and other allies to testify before the legislature, speak about budget priorities and amendments, and help lead with our strategic plan as our guide.

Power Surge: Data center boom leads to expansive transmission proposals

Power Surge: Data center boom leads to expansive transmission proposals

We must address the booming data center growth in our state that is requiring unprecedented expansions of our energy grid and hindering our ability to get off of fossil fuels.