Super Bowl to run on clean energy for first time

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
posted by rene5432

With less than two weeks to go before Super Bowl XLVI, the country's eyes are fixed firmly on Indianapolis, the site of this year's NFL championship.

Many might not consider the huge efforts that go into putting on an event as massive as the Super Bowl, but many factors go into making the game a success. One of those factors is a massive amount of electricity.

The NFL Environmental Program, an effort by the league to ease the environmental impact of its biggest game, notes that the Super Bowl this year is expected to require 15,000 megawatt-hours of electricity. That amounts to enough electricity to power more than 1,300 average American homes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

But the NFL does not intend to ignore the environmental impacts of that power, announcing recently that the league will be able to run its entire championship on 100 percent renewable electricity with the help of Green Mountain Energy Company.

The Texas-based renewable electricity provider will collect renewable energy certificates, which represent the production of clean energy, for the power used in all of the NFL's facilities from the field itself to media centers and practice facilities.

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