NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pigeons are creating a potential problem at Nashville Electric Service (NES) substations, and crews are hoping a loud sound cannon will scare the birds away.
The pigeons are roosting at both the Pennington Bend (2624 Pennington Bend Rd., Nashville 37214) and Watkins Park (1800 Jo Johnston Ave., Nashville 37208) substations.
NES is proactively trying to avoid possible power outages by using the cannon which produces a loud noise similar to firecrackers and disrupts the nesting pattern of birds that roost at the substations.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, and for the next several weeks, NES will use the sound cannon between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Earlier this summer, crews had to address the bird roosting issue at NES’ Central Substation which provides electricity for a third of the downtown Nashville area.
“We have not experienced any recent power outages because of the increased number of birds at these substations, 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.”
Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES, visit www.nespower.com.