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Google pulls out of deal to build $600M data center in Becker


December 22, 2022

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Google has pulled out of a deal to build a data center on Xcel-owned land by the utility's coal plants in Becker.

Google has backed out of plans to build a $600 million data center in Becker, a blow to the city as well as Sherburne County and Xcel Energy.

The data center, announced in January 2019, was heralded as one of the largest construction projects in recent state history and as a regional economic balm. Google also would have become one of Xcel's five largest customers.

But Google's affiliate, Honeycrisp Power, did not provide Xcel with a notice to proceed with the project by a recent deadline, Xcel said in a filing with Minnesota utility regulators. So, Minneapolis-based Xcel terminated its electric service agreements with Google on Dec. 8.


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