Greenouts To Replace Blackouts

We all know what happened at the Super Bowel this past Sunday with the 33 minute blackout greenout during the game. Greenout? Waz dat? Probably what we will be seeing more of in our future. I was unaware about this Dept of Energy publication, but it’s funnier than a rubber crutch if you ask me. The whole article can be seen here.

The DOE had published a press release via a day before the widely televised event, bragging that this year’s big game is a green energy feat.

“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,” DOE Public Affairs Specialist John Horst said.

In the statement, Horst claimed the Superdome’s exterior 26,000-plus LED lights draw only 10 kilowatts of electricity, which is the equivalent of what a small home uses in energy. He added that the lights will last for many years before needing replacement.

“The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history,” he said.

They did have the “greenest” 33 minutes in Super Bowel history. I will give them that.

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9 Responses to Greenouts To Replace Blackouts

  1. Obama adds another “Nutcase” to his regime that is already full of nutcases. One more to laugh at:

  2. notamobster says:

    They did have the “greenest” 33 minutes in Super Bowel history. I will give them that.


  3. A Guy says:

    By my calculations their numbers are skewed pretty bad too. I run LED lighting on my fish tank and it takes about 60 3watt diodes to light a 4′ by 2′ tank to about day light.

    3watt LED’s are not super powerful. LED for commercial uses can go upwards of 10watt, but let’s say they used 3 watt. 26,000 LED’s @ 3watts each is about 78KW. If they used 10watt which more than likely they did thats 260KW

    • Bman says:

      What size fish tank do you have? It was a hobby of mine until I moved back to the frozen tundra. Gave all my equipment away. Been thinking about getting back into again.

      • A Guy says:

        90 gallon mixed reef. It’s 11 months old, and is my first attempt in the salt water arena. I’ve learned an incredible amount this year and would like to build another knowing what I know now. I think I could do a much better job.

        Here’s the most recent crappy little video I put together over the holidays. The LED’s were a christmas present to myself, so they are not in use on this video. Just good old fashion T5 and 150w metal halides. There are other videos on my youtube page where you can see the progressin of the tank over 2012.

        • Bman says:

          That is friggin AWESOME! I’ve never ventured into the salt water arena. I had a 55 gallon tropical. I got it down to where all I needed was a heater to keep the water warm. Live plants for oxygen, malasian snails were good for gravel filtration, and a huge Pleco for algae control, which was very minor.I did have a slight current from a powerhead. No filter though. Yes, I did a lot of water changes, but it was damn near natural. Loved it and will do it again.

          • A Guy says:

            I miss my freshwater tanks. I used to keep Cichlids. After I broke those down I went almost 10 years with no fish, so I know what you are going through.

            Freshwater might not be quite as eye popping as saltwater, but I’d argue they can be equally as beautiful. Especially a nice planted tank.

          • A Guy says:

            And thank you for the kind words. I’ve put a lot of work into that tank.

            • Bman says:

              I can tell! It is a lot of work, but so enjoyable. Everytime I came home from work, I would find myself going right to the tank, dicking around with it. I wouldn’t call my self obsessive with it at the time, but I always felt I had to dick around with it. It was hard to resist, though.