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Energy company says faulty relay to blame for blackout

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Entergy New Orleans, the company responsible for providing power to the Superdome, announced Friday that an investigation into the reasons for the Super Bowl blackout has determined that a faulty relay is to blame.

Reports on Thursday indicated things were heading in that direction and the company has now confirmed that the newly installed equipment didn’t work correctly. Reuters reports that the company said relay had been installed inside switching gear to protect the Superdome from a failure involving an incoming power line, but the relay itself failed and caused the outage. Adding even more irony to the situation is the fact that the relay had recently been installed specifically because there was fear that the Superdome was vulnerable to power failure.

“While some further analysis remains, we believe we have identified and remedied the cause of the power outage and regret the interruption that occurred during what was a showcase event for the city and state,” Charles Rice, president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, said in a statement.

Officials from Entergy are scheduled to go in front of the New Orleans City Council on Friday to talk about why the building went dark for 34 minutes last Sunday night. The relay had been in place for other big events, including the Sugar Bowl, and it has now been removed and replaced.

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24 Responses to “Energy company says faulty relay to blame for blackout”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 8, 2013 10:29 AM

    Without that power outage, the Ravens roll the 49ers big time.

    Way too much momentum.

  2. bkravens1 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    So the relay just so happened to “blow out’ after Jacoby Jones scores 108 yard kick off return and the Ravens sack the QB and it’s now 3 – 13? That game was turning into a blow out and the NFL wasn’t letting that happen with so much money invested

  3. jonevans83 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    don’t know why people are complaining… if anything it saved the game. ALso created tons of memes for the next 3 months.

  4. marvsleezy says: Feb 8, 2013 10:43 AM

    I was watching 60 minutes sports on show time the other night and they showed how they added huge new electrical wires specially for the SB.

    They were coming out of the top of the building and hanging down the outside of the building.

    What a last minute hatchet job.

  5. jwcamp says: Feb 8, 2013 10:50 AM

    No, New Orleans (and the rest of S. Louisiana) being in disrepair is the reason the SB had a power outage. I’m surprised they didn’t blame it on Katrina. 7 1/2 years later and they tend to still blame everything down there on Katrina. My brother recently moved from New Orleans and he always bitched about how every time his internet was screwed up, his cable had issues, etc… the companies always said things like “Oh, well you know Katrina screwed everything up.”

  6. sb44champs says: Feb 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    jwcamp says:
    Feb 8, 2013 10:50 AM
    No, New Orleans (and the rest of S. Louisiana) being in disrepair is the reason the SB had a power outage. I’m surprised they didn’t blame it on Katrina. 7 1/2 years later and they tend to still blame everything down there on Katrina. My brother recently moved from New Orleans and he always bitched about how every time his internet was screwed up, his cable had issues, etc… the companies always said things like “Oh, well you know Katrina screwed everything up.”
    ===========================
    Thats funny, because this is the first time I heard the blackout was caused by Katrina… From YOU… lol

  7. phrancheyez says: Feb 8, 2013 11:59 AM

    @jwcamp

    Either your brother is a bald-faced liar, or you are. Or both.

    I’ve lived down here since well before Katrina, and no one uses that excuse now. No one, for anything. I haven’t heard a Katrina reference since August 29th, and then a year before that.

  8. chattanola says: Feb 8, 2013 12:24 PM

    How convenient and surprise surprise. They’ve found a way to blame it on equipment rather than human error. That way, no one’s reputation takes a hit.

  9. chattanola says: Feb 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    jwcamp says: Oh, well you know Katrina screwed everything up.

    No one down here uses that as an excuse. Katrina was 7 years ago.

    If anything, the lingering amount of blighted homes may be at issue but, nothing to do with the condition of the electrical grid, phone grid, cable grid, transportation system, etc. is attributable to Katrina.

    Your old prejudice is showing, just stop it already.

  10. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 8, 2013 12:52 PM

    This is my industry, I’m dying to know who’s relay was used… or if it was the programming of the relay that was faulty.

    More than likely it was the PROGRAMMING of the relay in the switchgear itself and lack of testing, since any robust system would have a backup and those things rarely just “fail”.

  11. alecanthony says: Feb 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    And somewhere right now Godell is smiling

  12. Gordon says: Feb 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    I’m sure it wasn’t a 16 year old Russian kid who hacked the power grid & took out a portion of the lights.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2013 1:13 PM

    “We gave the new wolf specific intructions about protecting the sheep. We’re not sure what went wrong.”.

  14. SeenThisB4 says: Feb 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    marvsleezy says:
    Feb 8, 2013 10:43 AM
    I was watching 60 minutes sports on show time the other night and they showed how they added huge new electrical wires specially for the SB.

    They were coming out of the top of the building and hanging down the outside of the building.

    What a last minute hatchet job.

    _________________________

    That was the independent power feed for Beyonce’s half time show. You would know that if you were paying attention.

  15. cometkazie says: Feb 8, 2013 1:27 PM

    steelbreeze676 says:
    Feb 8, 2013 12:52 PM
    This is my industry, I’m dying to know who’s relay was used… or if it was the programming of the relay that was faulty.

    More than likely it was the PROGRAMMING of the relay in the switchgear itself and lack of testing, since any robust system would have a backup and those things rarely just “fail”.
    +-+-+
    I read a report much earlier this week that said the programming was, indeed, the problem. I can’t find that now for the life of me. It also said that this was on SuperDome circuits, downstream from Entergy’s.

  16. raven8ter says: Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    If by ‘relay’ you mean Eddie DeBartolo or a Saints fan trying to make Goddell look like a fool then I agree.

    The reasons for the black that are better than the ‘ relay ‘

    1. Eddie called in the $1 mills, two year probation and
    and loss of the 49′ers for the Former La. Gov.
    Edwards ratting on him.

    2. New Orleans employees tried make Goddell
    look like an idiot in retribution for bounty gate.

  17. hehateme2 says: Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Time to move on from the old stadium. Many have complained about travel and accomodations.

  18. sb44champs says: Feb 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM
    Time to move on from the old stadium. Many have complained about travel and accomodations.
    ==============================
    Just wait till next year…

  19. iplay4keeps says: Feb 8, 2013 2:07 PM

    A single relay likely did not cause that big of a blackout. I don’t think the actual truth will ever be told.

  20. SeenThisB4 says: Feb 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    Super Bowl LII – New Orleans CCC

  21. purnellmeagrejr says: Feb 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    The best theory I’d heard before this was that GOd (the entity pro athletes never forget to acknowledge after doing something successfully.)was watching the halftime show – and had finallly gotten enough and decided to pull the plug on American culture… send the USA a messsage … a SIGN as it were that it was time to declare cultural bankruptcy and start completely over.

  22. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 8, 2013 3:40 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM
    Time to move on from the old stadium. Many have complained about travel and accomodations.
    ______
    from who? your friends who watched the game from their couch? Everybody I talked to had the time of their lives.

    Good luck next year freezing your asses off. I’m sure the big wigs will love that decision a Superbowl in New York becomes a fateful reality.

  23. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Bill Belichek is “disappointed” by this.
    And Revis is “shocked”…

  24. jmccoy8 says: Feb 8, 2013 6:13 PM

    “hehateme2 says:
    Feb 8, 2013 1:30 PM
    Time to move on from the old stadium. Many have complained about travel and accomodations.”

    ————————————
    1st time I’ve ever heard that. One of the few cities located in the middle of downtown, surrounded by hotels and bars. Mass public transportation system connecting the entire city without blocking traffic. 4th most hotels in the United States.

    The stadium itself has had $416 million invested in it since Katrina. The structure is still in amazingly good shape, and the area around it is in great shape. It is still one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, has had more history inside it then any stadium in the United States, and has pretty damn good amenities for a stadium built in 1971.

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