NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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 off. The pigeons are roosting at NES’ Central Substation which provides electricity for a third of the downtown Nashville area. NES is proactively trying to avoid possible power outages by using the sound cannon which produces a loud noise similar to firecrackers and disrupts the nesting pattern of birds that roost at the substation. “We have not experienced any recent power outages, but the potential is there because of the increased number of birds in the substation,” said Jack Baxter, NES Operations Manager. “The cannon should scare the pigeons and make them find someplace safer to roost.” Beginning Tuesday, July 22 and for the next several weeks, NES will use the sound cannon between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. It will sound off only once every hour for a total of three per night. 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.