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NES Power News2014 | 7/17/14

Radnor Lake Aviary Project

Radnor Lake Aviary Project

Two years ago, NES began donating wooden poles to help construct a boardwalk and several exhibit cages for a new aviary at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area. The cages will be used to house injured owls, hawks and other birds before they are returned to their natural habitats.

The aviary will take place in three phases over several years. Phase 1 is the construction of a boardwalk and six cages to house raptors (owls, hawks and other birds of prey). Phase 2 is the completion of the permitting process and securing a bald eagle from the U.S. Government. Phase 3 is a flight pen and rehab center, which will allow rangers to undergo rehab training for treating injured birds and returning them to the wild.

The aviary project is one of the most significant undertakings of any state park in the system. NES is proud to be part of the construction efforts with the donation of utility poles. A grand opening celebration is planned for the fall.

NES Power News2014 | 7/17/14

The KaBoom! Playground Build

As an outgrowth of NES’ participation in a corporate social responsibility group, NES and other program volunteers partnered with KaBoom! to build a new playground for the Grace M. Eaton Early Learning Center on June 20. KaBoom! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids living in poverty by building safe areas for children to play.

NES volunteers helped assemble equipment, paint, build benches, move mulch, and mix and set concrete. The NES team included Tim Kinkead, Herb DeBerry, Lisa Reasonover, Bryan Lillard, Tony Viglietti, Stephanie Walton, Rashed Fakhruddin and Laura Tidwell. Visit the NES Facebook album for additional photos and our YouTube channel for a video of the KaBoom! build.

NES Power News2014 | 7/1/14

NES Employee is Recipient of Gail Kerr HRCules Award

Senior Engineer Rashed Fakhruddin

Senior Engineer Rashed Fakhruddin was awarded the Gail Kerr HRCules Award by the Metro Human Relations Commission for his extensive efforts to promote multicultural awareness. This award is given monthly to Middle Tennesseans who are heroes for human relations. Its namesake, Gail Kerr, served as a champion for those voices needing to be heard. In addition to his post on the Leadership Nashville Alumni Board of Directors, Mr. Fakhruddin is also the assistant director of education and outreach at the Islamic Center of Nashville, vice chair of the local chapter of American Muslim Advisory Council and a member of YWCA’s Engaging Men Against Violence initiative. The award ceremony is Monday, July 21.

NES Power News2014 | 6/19/14

NES Recognized for Groundbreaking Demand Response Program

NES received the UTC Apex award for its innovative voltage control program put in place to assist TVA with meeting financial and reliability goals. Faced with rising costs of wholesale power and reduction in TVA’s available generating capacity, NES utilized voltage reduction to reduce energy demand without impacting customers. Since April 2011, NES has operated its voltage reduction to account for over $5.3M in avoided wholesale demand charges. The Utilities Telecom Council is a global trade association that supports and promotes the telecommunications and IT needs of utilities.