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Monday
Feb042013

Entergy Watch: Unprecedented "Lights Out" on Superbowl!

"Lights out" at New Orleans Superdome. Thanks to Entergy? Investigation still underway.There were a number of "firsts" at Superbowl LXVII (that's 47, for those of you who don't speak Roman numerals): the first (albeit unsuccessful) fake field goal attemp; a 108-yard kick off return for a touchdown; and a more than 30-minute long power outage, that left the New Orleans Superdome mostly dark, except for emergency back up lighting. One fact that cannot be denied: although the cause of the unprecedented "lights out" is still under investigation, it took place in the service area of Entergy New Orleans. However, Entergy, at least initially, has denied any responsibility.

As reported by ESPN:

'...Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, said power had been flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.

"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said...'

Ironically, the New Orleans Silverdome also figured centrally in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August-September 2005, as a shelter of last resort for thousands of survivors.

Entergy, the national headquarters of which is in New Orleans, operates a "dirty dozen" atomic reactors across the U.S., including Waterford and Riverbend in Louisiana, Grand Gulf in Mississippi, and Arkansas Nuclear One, Units 1 & 2.