Maryland Formally Welcomes Data Centers to the State, Clarifying the Use of Emergency Backup Power Generation

Maryland Passes the Critical Infrastructure Streamlining Act of 2024, which defines and creates a legislative framework enabling automatic approvals of emergency backup power generation

Frederick, MD – April 10, 2024 – Quantum Loophole, Inc, the developer of the first multi-gigawatt scale master-planned data center community, is excited to share that Maryland passed the Critical Infrastructure Streamlining Act of 2024 (CISA), which clarifies the definition and legislative framework around the use of emergency backup power generation in the state.

The bill, introduced by Governor Wes Moore, passed with a unanimous vote, with the House passing the bill, 134-0 and the Senate passing the bill, 42-0. The CISA reiterates the state’s commitment to welcoming data centers, and fosters continuous innovation for businesses throughout Maryland.

“We applaud and thank Governor Moore and the Maryland Legislature for their foresight and efforts to streamline and clarify the use of back-up generators, not just for data centers, but for other industries as well, including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and education,” comments Rich Paul-Hus, SVP of Public Affairs at Quantum Loophole. “Within just 20-miles of the Internet ecosystem located in Northern Virginia, Quantum Loophole in Frederick, Maryland now has a fast-track path forward to welcoming data centers. Our first-of-its-kind master-planned Data Center Communities are purposely designed to create a mutual  benefit  for the environment, the community and the data center industry. Our goal is to create a growth path for digital infrastructure that helps to fund vital programs for residents throughout the state, while designing a nature-first approach to industrial development.”

Quantum Loophole’s campus in Frederick, Maryland consists of over 2000 acres of entitled, shovel ready land for deployment of large scale Internet infrastructure. The campus is served by transmission power from First Energy and their wholly owned distribution entity Potomac Edison at a multi-gigawatt scale. The largest capacity fiber ring ever constructed at a capacity of up to 235,000 strands interconnects the campus to Northern Virginia via underground ducts designed to exceed the highest security standards.

Buddy Rizer, Executive Director for Economic Development in Loudoun County, Virginia applauds the initiative, “I’ve personally seen the transformative impact that data centers can have on a community, enhancing both economic diversity and resilience. It’s thrilling to witness the burgeoning digital infrastructure in communities across the mid-Atlantic region. With Quantum Loophole’s conscientious approach to development, Frederick County and Maryland stand to reap immense benefits. As a native of the “Free State”, I believe in the promise it holds for the future.”

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About Quantum Loophole

Quantum Loophole disrupts data center site selection offering a rapid platform delivery for land, power, connectivity, and scale. The company’s first-of-its-kind multi gigawatt-scale, master planned data center development uniquely addresses the scalability, connectivity, and cost-efficiency challenges of today’s large-scale deployments. Powered by innovative energy systems, hundreds of thousands of strands of fiber from multiple carriers, and mass-scale entitled land, Quantum Loophole’s master planned communities take the guesswork out of adding needed data center capacity, allowing hyperscalers, enterprises, and colocation providers speed with go-to-market capabilities. Incorporating renewable energy, land and water improvements, Quantum Loophole offers an environmentally sound approach that reduces the overall carbon footprint while fully enabling powered land with the highest level of connectivity, reliability, and security.

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