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1/31/2014
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Malcolm Loro
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Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco

Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.

Emergency lights during a partial power outage at last year's Super Bowl.(Source: Wikimedia)
Emergency lights during a partial power outage at last year's Super Bowl.
(Source: Wikimedia)

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WKash
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1/31/2014 | 6:02:39 PM
Test. Test. Test
I'm sure after last year's Superdome power outage fiasco -- and now especially after the George Washington Bridge traffic fiacso (just up the road from this year's Superbowl)-- that state, local and power officials will have done everything to test, and test again, to make sure the lights stay on at this year's event.  But the author makes a good point, the rest of the nation's electric grid lacks the same assurance.

 
Ariella
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2/3/2014 | 9:28:03 AM
super bowl fiasco
They did avoid a power outage problem, but they didn't put enough planning into avoiding a public transporation fiasco.  See http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/02/super-bowl-xlviii-transportation-new-jersey-train/
RobPreston
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2/3/2014 | 11:22:25 AM
Re: super bowl fiasco
...at least their weather planning worked out. Now if only the Broncos had showed up. 
Ariella
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2/3/2014 | 11:31:33 AM
Re: super bowl fiasco
@Rob ouch! But yes, if the weather yesterday would have been like today's public trasnporation would have been an even bigger nightmare, not to mention the likelihood of accidents on the road. They really lucked out as far as that went with one of the mildest days we've had in the area since January. I saw people going around in shorts and T-shirts, enjoying getting out without layers when the temperature hit the 50s (I still kept on a jacket, though I was able to leave it open).
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1/31/2014 | 9:40:26 PM
Cup of Tea?
In England, the problem with big sporting events or other nationally popular TV events is the kettle. At half time, or after the game, people pop to the kitchen and put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea. The effect when this happens across the country is a huge surge in power draw.

Supposedly the bigger problem is not the additional power draw, but actually when the draw stops, because the power stations have revved up production to supply the power and now they're producing power that has nowhere to go. Something like that anyway.

I'd argue that that's a good reason to have a filter coffee maker that just site there, but then, I've drunk the coffee and concluded that there is NO good reason to have a filter coffee maker ;-)
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2/3/2014 | 1:21:06 AM
Re: Cup of Tea?
This is interesting - in China we do not have such kind of power surge since here we do not use kettle so often. People prefer to have soft drink or some light alchohol.:-) But indeed the human behavior will have big joint effect if the population is large. Our power grid must be smart enough to react or even predict such as kind surge to generate the energy efficiently and smartly.
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2/3/2014 | 5:54:50 PM
This guy claims he rigged the super bowl Last year
http://superbowlscam.wordpress.com/
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