Early Briefing: The Data Center Power Play
* Electricity might be a vital commodity to technology firms, but many in Northern Virginia are ambivalent about a Dominion Virginia Power project to bring additional power to the region. Among those staying on the sidelines are most of the area's data center operators. See story.
Dominion says the region is headed for shortages, and possibly rolling brownouts, by 2011 if capacity is not increased. It is proposing a $243 million plan to build a 500 kilovolt line through a 65 miles stretch of Northern Virginia. What do you think about the plan? Does Northern Virginia need more power? Are there technical solutions? Is the cost worth it?
* One of the government's longest and most topsy-turvy corporate fraud cases is nearing a conclusion as prosecutors tried to heap doubt on the credibility of a software executive by using the words of his former lawyers against him. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria are urging a judge to convict former PurchasePro chief executive Charles E. Johnson Jr on fraud, conspiracy and witness-tampering charges stemming from an investigation into the company's business dealings with America Online. See story.
* CSD Architects of Baltimore and Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle, which is based in Minnesota and has a Hyattsville office, were declared co-winners of a competition to design the mixed-use Port Towns project on the Anacostia River in Prince George's County. See story.
* Anne Arundel County is taking steps to bolster transit services for the thousands of workers expected to be added to Fort Meade as part of the base relocation and closure program. See brief (second item).
December 11, 2007; 7:27 AM ET
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