A Government Owned Stadium, Powered By Heavily Regulated Electricity, With 26,000 LED Lights, Pushed By Green Energy Zealots… What Could Go Wrong?

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A fan looks around the Superdome after half the lights went out during a power outage in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP /Gerald Herbert)

Energy.gov reported:

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach — adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs — an estimated $70,000 annually — the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan.

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  • Jerry C

    Off for exactly 33 minutes. Coincidence? Think illuminati. In your face, America.

  • Mike Hillebrant

    They should have used an entirely privately built/owned football stadium that uses no tax money and/or government subsidies. I’m sure there are lots of football stadiums that don’t depend on roads or utility infrastructure.

  • NoResolution

    They preach the world is gonna die because of Global Warming and how we need to conserve this and that…unless you’re rich, own a team, live in Hollywood or play sports, or Al Gore then it is all fine and dandy.

  • MonkeyWrench

    The lights went out for one reason: Beyonce’s electrifying performance overloaded the system. There’s not an electrical system in the world that could have handled all that energy. Her lip-sync critics have been officially rebuked! She’s Destiny’s Child!

  • Adirondack Patriot

    I think the guys who ran the stadium electricity previously ran the water pumps for the City of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.


  • Candy

    Par for the course. In the great democrat tradition, I call for hearings. So get out the books, do an inventory and let’s see how many pockets were filled. Oh, and check that union overtime while you’re at it.

  • Zip

    Destiny’s Child Reappearance Predicts Future? [Darkness Update]

  • cavt

    Like I said, they probably use Solyndra panels.

  • Donna

    Welcome to Obamaville.

  • mg4us

    All good posts prior. . .many probably true. . .

    Wonder whether any of this Government paid-for-$#ithole had any money and funds diverted from real quality components and job to currently convicted New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. .
    Recall Nagin is THE ONE who let people drown and busses sit idle during Katrina. . .but who was going to build that Chocolate City with the funds DC sent.

    What a disgrace the games were. . . where were the redundant systems and back-up generators, , ,weren’t things tested?

    And to think, there was a time when the US was the envy of the world. . now we are becoming a third world has-been or wanna-be.

    This is HOW OBAMAcare will work too. .
    you will be kept in the dark while condition deteriorates and you finally pass away.

    Wonder HOW the Commie Chinese would have handled this if this occurred during the Olympics?

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    The biggest electrical savings in New Orleans comes from the fact that half the street lights don’t work.

  • jorgen

    A Government Owned Stadium, Powered By Heavily Regulated Electricity, With 26,000 LED Lights, Pushed By Green Energy Zealots… What Could Go Wrong?

    Don’t worry, Solyndra gave 10 years guarantee for the whole system.

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  • stuart

    When the lights went out only one thing was missing.
    The scoreboard that should have read. “Who is John Galt?”

  • owl

    I LOVE Jim’s headline. I would only add to the sentence with………What could go wrong with shutting another coal company down that supplied electricity and employed 3,000 people?

    As crooked as NO has always been, I also wondered if some big money did not like the momentum that looked as if nothing could stop it. Half hour break almost ……….almost…….almost….

  • shadow

    The Superdome has been managed by SMG, a private company, since 1977. And the power was supplied by Entergy, another private company. And the event was a production of the NFL, a third private entity. Only a hopeless partisan hack would try to make this a government failure.

  • shadow

    This had NOTHING to do with a failure of government you ignorant right-wingers. Next you’ll be blaming it on Obama … when you know perfectly well Bush was the real culprit. Actually, Bush was only partially responsible, cutting off the federal funds for infrastructure improvements in New Orleans that might have prevented the whole thing. However, I have it on personal authority that power failed when Beyonce hit the dressing rooms and fired up her vibrator … and even Bush couldn’t have anticipated needing THAT much power!

  • Tom of the Missouri

    According to a quick lookup you, I and our fellow citizens contributed $127,000,000,000 for the Katrina recovery or about $425,000 per NOLA resident. That number approached the whole GDP of the state of Lousianna. Don’t know if that included rebuilding the stadium and buying ridiculously expensive LED lighting. Most of that of course was authorized under the previous biggest record holding spender the world has ever known, G.W. Bush. For some reason that “compassionate” spending did not seem to help the Republican’s that much in the election that followed. The crime rate is still out of control. Back in those days, those were big numbers, not so much anymore under our new record holding budget busting President.

    source: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/221967/big-easys-billion-dollar-boondoggle/larry-kudlow

  • Glenmore

    The lights only went out for HALF the stadium; sounds like a problem internal to the facility, unless Entergy runs separate supplies to each half, which would be strange.

  • JenBee

    I cannot believe I’m agreeing with shadow. The Superdome is NOT government owned in any way, shape or form. It’s owned by Tom Benson, who also owns the Saints team. And I actually read the article, Jim, and the 26,000 LED lights are on the OUTSIDE of the stadium (If you click on the link, you’ll see a pic of the Dome, the colored LED lights are on the OUTSIDE of the stadium). Furthermore, from what I read above and at the link, the energy efficient retrofit is in four libraries in the Dome – and has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LIGHTS ON THE FIELD.

    And though I can’t say for sure, I’d imagine Tom Benson got some money from the federal government to help rebuild the Superdome after Katrina. Just like most homeowners whose homes were destroyed by the failure of the levees that broke after the storm hit. Levees that were built and maintained by the freaking federal government, the US Army Corps of Engineers. So yeah, the federal government fails our city, the federal government must pay up. Sorry all you taxpayers are pissed off about it; I guess we should have just shuttered the place and left it to the trashbin of history, eh? Geez. I’ll remember that whenever any American city is hit by any one of many natural disasters, and my tax money goes to help rebuild it.

  • Tee Dub

    Like the 15 replacement CFLs that were installed in my house during an energy audit. Supposed to last 5 years. 2-1/2 years later, nine have burned out.

  • You just named 26,003 things that could go wrong- and they did

  • shadow

    According to a quick lookup you, I and our fellow citizens contributed $127,000,000,000 for the Katrina recovery or about $425,000 per NOLA resident.

    Right. And there are about 300 million privately owned guns in the US, or about 67 per NRA member.

  • David K

    America, welcome to third world status, you have come a long way baby!

  • patriot

    shadow commented:

    “Right. And there are about 300 million privately owned guns in the US, or about 67 per NRA member.”

    What was that definition of troll shadow? Didn’t it say something about posting unrelated and inflammatory commentary? That’s what I thought. You’re pathetic …

  • Chauncey Freeman

    Here we see a great illustration of the problem of putting the cart of good green intentions before the horse of reality. Good green intentions are simply not good enough.

    Dictatorial green government mandates to satisfy the fetishes of earth worshippers should not be mandated at all but rather implemented when they have proven to be cost effective to the taxpayer but more importantly when they are reliable.

    Consider the green tyranny by the EPA and green zealots and its impact on our economy and liberty as China continues to have polluted air so thick you cannot see through it and so dense it has spread to Japan poisoning people there.

    The green maggots are not going after China or Russia or India but go after the easy corpse of a dying free republic America to punish industries here already operating in good faith for the environment using the world’s best pro-environmental technologies yet are still met with increasingly hostile zealotry from the green religionists.

    Say it with me, beware the green religion. Beware red Bolshevik wolves in couture hemp clothing.

    “When fascism comes to America it will be carrying a rainbow peace sign wrapped in a Greenpeace flag.”

  • Gary Allan

    I see there was a well trained liberal in the mix, as soon as something goes wrong, blame Bush.

  • Sign of the times… America is broken in general.