NES Sounding Off on Pigeon Problem at Substation

Pigeons are creating a potential problem at a Nashville Electric Service (NES) substation, and crews are hoping a loud sound cannon will scare the birds away.

The pigeons are roosting at the Pennington Bend (2624 Pennington Bend Rd., Nashville 37214) substation.

NES is proactively trying to avoid possible power outages by using the cannon that produces a loud noise similar to firecrackers and disrupts the nesting pattern of birds that roost at the substation.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, and for the next several weeks, NES will use the sound cannon between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We have not experienced any recent power outages because of the increased number of birds at this substation, but the potential is there,” said Jack Baxter, NES operations manager. “The cannon should scare the pigeons and make them find someplace safer to roost.”