Feb. 1, 2014
The chill in air, the meeting of two football teams that have made it to the top are now ready to see who will be the last team standing. For the first time ever the Super Bowl will be held in an open air stadium. The fact that this is one of the coldest winters on record has been the main focus of the National Football League’s attention surrounding this Super Bowl. But there is a second item that needs to be addressed. It is estimated that this year’s Super Bowl will need 18 megawatts of power to be fully functional. This is enough to equal the energy consumption of 12,000 New Jersey homes. This additional demand from the Super Bowl is way more than New Jersey’s power grid can supply. Where is all of the needed power coming from?
This is where biodiesel comes in. Eighteen biodiesel-powered generators will help manage the huge amount of energy needed to make the event a success by providing 6 megawatts of energy with the rest coming from the power grid. The use of biodiesel by the NFL to power its generators follows the guidelines of the NFL Green plan. The plan, commended by the Sierra Club, lists all of the ways the NFL is trying to reduce its environmental impact, more efficiently use the resources it needs, and minimize the waste that is left over at the conclusion of the game.
During the game, the used cooking oil from the concession stands will be taken off site and processed into heating oil by Tri-State Biodiesel to help keep the tents and other areas warm throughout the duration of the game. This is a huge win for biodiesel industry. By merging an American Pastime and biodiesel, the NFL might have found a way to get the word out on biodiesel.
By Jacob McKee, PR and Policy Intern from Warren Wilson College