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CPR: Why a plan to subsidize data centers is raising concerns for consumers and the climate

Today’s internet increasingly depends on massive data centers like the one currently under construction in eastern Aurora.

QTS Realty Trust, a Kansas-based company with data center operations in North America and Europe, owns the 67-acre property near Interstate 70 and C-470. Once completed, the compound of featureless boxes will offer clients computing power backed by 177 megawatts of peak electrical capacity, making it one of Xcel Energy’s largest industrial customers, according to filings with state utility regulators.

Lobbying records show Colorado’s largest utility was one of the first groups to declare its support for the bill. It’s since been joined by other power companies and many of the state’s largest business groups, including the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

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