Oh, dear. Energy Department touts Super Bowl 'energy efficiency forefront' prior to blackout

I suppose that's one way to describe the blackout that hit the Superdome in the third quarter of the game. The lights went out for half an hour, so it was certainly "energy efficiency" when you look at it a certain way. From the Energy Department prior to the game: 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. So, what happened? ESPN: Minutes after Jones gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead on the second-half kickoff, the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz...(Read Full Post)

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