The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved a service agreement allowing Arizona Public Service Company (APS) to provide electric service to Aligned Data Centers LLC at a reduced rate to help encourage growth of the economy.
The agreement lets Aligned, which uses a lot of electricity, pay less for energy without any burden to other customers. The commission has approved similar agreements with other companies in the past two years, such as eBay and IOData LLC. High load factor electrical customers use a fairly consistent level of electricity, making it less costly for the electrical providers to offer them service, the ACC said.
“These agreements make it cheaper and easier to do business in Arizona and makes the state more and more attractive to large employers,” ACC Commissioner Tom Forese.
Aligned is building a new $600 million data center in North Phoenix and anticipates it will have a high load factor. The data center will provide construction jobs later this year, as well as permanent jobs once the center opens. Aligned and APS are also sharing the costs of a micro-grid project at the new site to be used for backup power for Aligned and as support for APS customers in the event of disrupted electrical service.