Utah pulls out of Facebook data center deal; New Mexico still in

Utah bows out
Utah bows out

SALT LAKE CITY (KRQE) – Plans to bring a Facebook data center to New Mexico could be looking brighter, as the only other competing city dropped out of the running Tuesday night.

The proposed Facebook data center is said to bring in 30 to 50 new full time jobs. However, the city of West Jordan, Utah felt it wasn’t enough. Now, some are saying they mishandled the whole thing.

City leaders in West Jordan couldn’t agree on the $240 million deal. They said they couldn’t compete with tax breaks being offered by the city of Los Lunas.

“I think it’s more in the fumbling and bumbling around that has caused us to be in the position that we’re in today,” said

Meanwhile, the plan is for Facebook to open the data center near Los Lunas and to run off renewable energy.

The mayor of Los Lunas tells us they’re still following the process. Jon Barela with the New Mexico Economic Development says they’ve been working with the company for a year now.

PNM has finished a contract with Facebook offering a set price for 25 years. Facebook would pay about half of what residents pay.

Last week, the Public Regulation Commission signed off on PNM’s deal. For now, this overall deal with Facebook is still in the works.

The mayor says the Los Lunas City Council could discuss the plan more at a meeting Thursday.

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