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

Pueblo City Hall at sunset.

A $100 million data center in Pueblo is expected to add up to 50 megawatts of new load for Black Hills Energy.

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.

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