• In Colorado, critics fear data center will make renewable goals harder to reach

    A planned cryptocurrency data center in southern Colorado threatens to put state and local renewable goals further from reach, according to critics.

    Clean energy advocates in particular fear that the project — the first to benefit from a new state economic development law — won’t be the last of its kind. A cluster of energy-intensive data centers could add significant demand for electricity at a time when the state should be trying to curb energy use, they argue.