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On-Demand: Navigating Policy and Public Perception for Data Centers

Bill Thomas  (SVP of Energy , CleanArc Centers)

Chris Curtis  (Global Head of Data Centers, Prologis)

Todd House  (Senior Director, Global Affairs, CyrusOne)

Buddy Rizer  (Executive Director, Loudoun County, Virginia Economic Development)

Joel Yu  (Vice President of Policy, Enchanted Rock)

Date: Thursday, April 25

Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am

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Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: On-Demand Conference Session

Vault Recording: Video

This recording will be available on the mobile app on April 25th.

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.