LIGHTS OUT: Nation Experiences Colorado’s Frustration with Renewables

Last night’s Super Bowl brought a few surprises.  Most sportscasters didn’t think the Ravens would pull it off and nobody thought the Superdome would lose power for half an hour.  As conspiracy theories ran amok, news emerged that just days before the green energy lobby was bragging about how “green” this event would be.  From Energy.gov:

To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Whether or not the reliance on green energy was to blame for the delayed game, this colossal mistake highlighted an issue that Coloradans have been discussing for years – green energy simply isn’t ready for prime time.

Colorado is often ground zero of the battle for market share between renewable energy and oil and natural gas primarily because local leftist donors also sponsor the outrageously subsidized green energy initiatives.  In fact, Colorado was home to its own Solyndra-like scandal when Colorado’s Abound Solar shuttered its doors, costing taxpayers around $60 million.

It’s not that we’re anti-green energy, it’s that we’re pro-”energy that actually works”.

 
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