Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) announced it is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide the green power for Super Bowl XLVIII, the first Super Bowl held in the New York-New Jersey metro region.
“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 now that the Super Bowl is in the New York-New Jersey region,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G. "PSEG is committed to being environmentally responsible. 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, PSEG will purchase and retire one renewable energy credit (REC) on behalf of Super Bowl XLVIII. This will include the electricity used at Met Life Stadium, the AFC and NFC team hotels and Super Bowl Boulevard – the largest public event associated with the Super Bowl - located in Times Square (Broadway from 34th to 47th Streets) in New York City.
PSEG’s REC purchase will include New Jersey solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) equal to a four week output of PSE&G’s Kearny Solar Farm. Located near MetLife Stadium, the Kearny Solar Farm is a 3 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) farm that illustrates the Christie administration’s effort 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.
“By purchasing wind and solar RECs locally PSEG has added more value to this project,” said Jack Groh, Director of the NFL Environmental Program. “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.”
PSEG, the parent company of PSE&G, is purchasing these RECs on behalf of Super Bowl XLVIII and the purchase will have no impact on New Jersey rate payers.