02 Aug 2017

Los Angeles reaches deal to host the 2028 Summer Olympics

Aggreko temperature control equipment at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

Los Angeles reaches deal to host the 2028 Summer Olympics

The city of Los Angeles has reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the Olympic Games in 2028. It was also announced that Paris will host the 2024 games.

The L.A. city council and the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors will meet in August to consider approving the agreement with the International Olympic Committee. According to this agreement, the IOC will contribute $1.8 billion for planning and organizing the Games with the potential to exceed $2 billion, taking into consideration the existing sponsor agreements and potential new marketing deals. The tripartite agreement between Los Angeles, Paris, and the IOC will be ratified in September at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru. Read more about these new candidatures at the official Olympic website.

The United States has previously hosted 8 Olympic Games – 4 Winter Games and 4 Summer Games.  The first one took place in July of 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri. This was followed by the Winter Olympics of 1932, in Lake Placid, New York. That same year, the country hosted the Summer Games in Los Angeles. L.A. was the stage of this sporting spectacle for the second time in 1984 and now begins preparations for the three-time hosting award. Paris will host its third Olympics in 2024. For now, this title is only with London, which has already carried three Olympics: 1908, 1948, and 2012.

Aggreko and the Olympics

The history of Aggreko and the Olympics goes back to 1988, when we first supplied power for the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Since that time, we have been the official suppliers to ten Olympic Games so far. From engineering power systems for venues and broadcasting to cooling and heating for various spaces throughout the Olympic village, we have supported this time-honored event that brings the world together to celebrate friendship, competition, and goodwill.

At Aggreko, we count on a special team for major events.  Aggreko Events Services (AES) has been setting the stage for many of the world’s most visible events for more than three decades. That includes not only the Olympics, but the World Cup, major league football broadcasting and halftime shows, music festivals and big movie productions worldwide. AES engineers power solutions that serve as critical components for major athletic and entertainment events with teams of specialists working on-site to ensure flawless performance.

The three “power pillars” of major events

Energy suppliers must focus on reliability, cost, and sustainability to keep in step with a rapidly changing events industry.

The fact is that the events themselves are getting bigger. The Olympics, for example, continues to increase the number of sports contested. For instance, there are five new sporting events being added for the next Olympics in Tokyo: baseball/softball, surfing, skateboarding, sarate, and sports climbing. 

The conference industry is booming as well, attracting tens of thousands of people and requiring the kind of infrastructure you might normally associate with a football match. 

As events get more ambitious, the sporting and entertainment industries are constantly evolving to meet consumers’ expectations: larger screens, faster Wi-Fi connections, brighter or more interactive lighting, and, more recently, the convenience of electronic ticketing. 

The power needs of events and, therefore, energy strategies have to adapt to meet these challenges. A reliable power source (or several) has become a critical factor in event planning. There has never been a greater emphasis on organizers to meet energy efficiencies in this process. 


Rental Power for events 

There have been significant investments made in energy strategies across the events industry in recent years. Typically, we see that investment across three "power pillars": reliability, cost, and sustainability.

The show must go on. Every event planner works to this mantra; power reliability is usually first on the list of influencing factors. Unplanned disruptions can be catastrophic, especially if the issue is not resolved instantly. Losing broadcast or stadium power, even for a minute, could cost the event millions and decimate its reputation. These effects spread across spectators and viewers to the experience of corporate partners, the exposure received by advertisers and, worst of all, the performance of the events’ protagonists themselves – players, artists, and actors.

A large amount of our strategic preparation with event organizers is spent on contingency planning, and rightly so. The earlier a power provider is involved in the planning process, the easier it will be to identify issues and create solutions. When we plan an event, we focus on pre-empting potential concerns and create flexibility in the way we deliver power. 

Both mobile and grid-connected energy can be advantageous for the event organizer. The latter becomes particularly popular when the host expects to stage its event repeatedly over several years. Modern, modular power technology brings great benefits – from having the flexibility to operate in different environments to reducing waste by managing redundancy more effectively. And, while no two events are the same, each requires a back-up power plan. 

What does this mean in practice? Early stage reliability planning would include ensuring steps can be taken to synchronize and switch over from grid power to mobile power stations, as well as verifying connection points for electrical distribution.

Of course, guaranteeing reliable power is only half the battle. Once an event is confident in its energy supply, it needs to deliver efficiencies to reduce carbon emissions and manage its cost base. This is where mobile modular power comes into its own, as it tends to be preferred for its relatively low capital cost. By virtue of being temporary, the host does not have long-term financial or environmental commitments in place either. 

The scalability of modular power systems can help event organizers from flexing power levels to suit changing needs. This already happens across many industries. In mining, for example, developers will front-load power resources to construct the mine and its surrounding infrastructure, but then downgrade power resources and focus on fuel efficiencies when operational. 

The events industry faces similar challenges: from the construction of permanent and temporary sites to the creation of supporting infrastructure. The preparation for major events is a long-term process. However, once operational, events’ power needs fluctuate dramatically. Modular power is the ideal solution in this instance; for example, we can just as easily install fifty 1-MW generators across many sites as we can fewer and more powerful generators in a smaller area.

But, it is not just how many generators you install and where. Power technology has made great strides, and our technicians at our manufacturing plant in Scotland have made advancements in efficiencies and smart monitoring.

We can monitor power and fuel use of any of our power stations remotely, as well as easily synchronize our generators back to the grid without affecting the supply of power to the events themselves. With the Aggreko Remote Monitoring service, we have 24/7 live support from our Remote Operations Center and a mobile app, so customers can also have everything on track. These advancements can all dramatically reduce energy costs. Of course, individual generators can be turned on and off as needed, reducing emissions and saving energy.

A final component to delivering a sustainable event is minimizing noise emissions. The organizer can adopt technology specifically designed to operate quietly or it can improve the event’s energy efficiency in order to reduce the number and size of generators or coolers on site.

As an example, we provided temporary power to the 2014 Ryder Cup, where tournament golf requires a discreet audience and an even quieter environment. We used a new set of innovative “Super Silent” generators that produced very low noise emissions of 48-55 dBA at 50 feet. 

However, noise levels also cause a significant challenge for city events. At times, innovative ideas need to be explored in order to minimize disruption to residents. In planning for The 2012 London Olympics, we took this challenge on and placed generators on floating platforms on the Lea River, moving the noise out of the city area.

The events industry is growing, evolving, and modernizing. Power suppliers have to follow suit.