New Orleans, La. – The following is a joint statement from Entergy
Corporation and SMG, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
regarding the partial power loss during the Super Bowl in New Orleans:
Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the
Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor
electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was
detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker,
causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the
Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed. Entergy and SMG
subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was
safely restored to the Superdome.
The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment
intersects with Entergy's feed into the facility.
There were no additional issues detected.
Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an
integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and
retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more
than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading
nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual
revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.