Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), the electrical utility serving MetLife stadium in Secaucus, N.J., partnered with the National Football League’s (NFL) Environmental Program to provide the green power for Super Bowl XLVIII.
“For 20 years, the NFL has been working to decrease the environmental footprint of the largest U.S. sporting event, and we are proud to help them do it,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G. “Working with the NFL, we can help set the example that even an event that uses as much energy as the Super Bowl can significantly reduce its impact on the environment.”
For every megawatt-hour of electricity used to power the event, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), PSE&G’s parent company, will purchase and retire one renewable-energy credit (REC). This will include the electricity used at MetLife Stadium, at the AFC and NFC team hotels, and on Super Bowl Boulevard, the largest public event space associated with the Super Bowl, in New York City’s Times Square.
PSEG’s REC purchase will include New Jersey solar renewable-energy credits (SRECs) equal to a four-week output of PSE&G’s Kearny, N.J., solar farm, which is located near MetLife Stadium. The Kearny solar farm is a 3-megawatt plant that illustrates efforts by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to erect solar on undeveloped brownfields and landfills. The remaining RECs have been purchased from Community Energy Inc., a certified Green-e Supplier, sourced from the Jersey-Atlantic City Wind Farm, New Jersey’s largest commercial-grade wind farm.
“In addition to providing green energy, purchasing locally puts money into the local economy and can help finance construction of additional renewable-energy capacity in the region—something that will have a lasting impact beyond Super Bowl XLVIII,” said Jack Groh, director of the NFL Environmental Program.