Super Bowl Blackout, Energy Dept. Hails Superdome as “Greenest” Stadium

Don’t blame Beyonce, Roger Goodall says, for last night’s power outage that left Super Bowl contenders the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in a blackout. The overall delay took a whopping 34 minutes, initiated right after a 108-yard kick return by the Ravens and Beyonce’s boisterous halftime performance.

I agree with Goodall. Don’t put Beyonce on the chopping block. I won’t speculate on a specific culprit, but the irony in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s uber-energy-efficient wiring is entertaining — especially considering the Department of Energy’s remarks the day before the big game. The Daily Caller has some background on the stadium:

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome now features more than 26,000 LED lights on the stadium’s exterior which are designed to light up the building with animated colors, patterns and images, according to the DOE. The lighting system only draws on 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the energy use of a small home — and it is expected that the lights will not need to be replaced for many years.

The Energy Collective reports that $336 million in total went into renovating the stadium and making it more energy efficient, and that it’s estimated to generate an equivalent of $19.9 billion in revenue by the end of 2025.

Indeed, DOE officials hailed the Superdome for its efforts to boost energy efficiency and transforming this Super Bowl as the “greenest” in history.

“Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts,” wrote John Horst, public affairs specialist at the Energy Department. “The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.”

And there’s your dose of Monday irony.