‘Backbone of the digital age’: Lawmakers advance legislation to promote new data centers in Connecticut

The House voted 133-13 to send the data center legislation to the state Senate, which is expected to take up the measure next week. Governor Ned Lamont said the data center legislation, if passed, will encourage increased economic development for the state. Under the terms of the legislation, data centers will be required to be located in federally recognized opportunity zones, which will help boost the development of economically distressed areas. Connecticut already has between five and 10 data centers, Lehman said. But the existing centers are largely aging facilities, he added. A new data center being developed in what was once part of the famed Stanley Works manufacturing center in New Britain is slowly moving closer to reality, according to the city’s economic development director William Carroll. The data center is the centerpiece of what is called an energy and innovation park that was first announced in 2019.


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