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From the February 7, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 7, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Keeping in mind the power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans during the Super Bowl last weekend, the U.S. Energy Information Administration posted an article yesterday that looks at the time it takes high-intensity discharge (HID) lights to return to their full brightness after they have been off for a while. This contributed to the length of the play delay after the power outage occurred at the Super Bowl, EIA said. HID lights are used at most sports stadiums, and while these lamps are very efficient, "they require significant time to warm up and achieve full brightness after being extinguished," the agency said. The article is posted on EIA's website.

The Salt River Project said yesterday it would send two four-man crews to the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona to help repair broken waterlines that have left as many as 10,000 people without running water for as long as two months. The SRP crews are expected to spend at least two weeks supporting Operation Winter Freeze, which began when Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an emergency declaration two weeks ago. Shelly estimated that the operation could cost $2.8 million. The crews from the Water Construction & Maintenance group are scheduled to leave SRP’s headquarters building today with six trucks and two trailers carrying large excavation and trenching equipment. Once they arrive, the SRP crews will be doing work similar to what they do closer to home, including installing and repairing pipes, trenching and excavating.

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