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Navigating Policy and Public Perception for Data Centers

Joel Yu  (Vice President of Policy, Enchanted Rock)

Buddy Rizer  (Executive Director, Department of Economic Development)

Todd House  (Senior Director, Global Affairs, CyrusOne)

Chris Curtis  (Global Head of Data Centers, Prologis)

Bill Thomas  (SVP of Energy , CleanArc Centers)

Location: Room 207A

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

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Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

As digital domains expand, the societal impact of data centers is coming under increasing scrutiny. No longer viewed as isolated server towers, today's data centers stand at the confluence of policy, environmental stewardship, and public perception. They are social actors, with responsibilities that extend beyond their physical footprint.

This session dives into the evolving policy landscape surrounding data centers, from their environmental commitments akin to the climate accord, to their role as responsible neighbors on the power grid. This panel will examine the rising public attention on data center builds and the resultant PR challenges and opportunities. The discussion will also explore flexible capacity and its implications for grid stability and adaptability.


Attendees will gain insights on the following:

  • Dynamics: Understand the shifting regulatory environment and its implications for data center operations and expansions.
  • Social Responsibility: Learn about initiatives like the iMasons' social accord, positioning data centers as responsible environmental and social across
  • Public Relations Strategy: Navigate the changing public perception and foster positive engagement around data center developments.
  • Flex Capacity's Role: Examine the significance of adaptable power infrastructure in ensuring grid availability and community stewardship.