CELINA, Tenn. (Feb. 26, 2013) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District electricians at Dale Hollow Dam on the Obey River are plugging into the dam’s power source as part of a sustainability program initiative.
The idea is to replace the contracted local utility power source to the Dale Hollow Natural Resource Manager’s Office, maintenance shops, and transient quarters with direct power from the power plant.
According to Stanley Carter, Dale Hollow power plant senior electrician, the bulk of the work includes extending new cable in the power house from the station service board to the transformer and installing four-inch metal conduit through the dam’s cable tunnel. They are also replacing 15 existing 400-watt sodium metal halide lighting systems, eight 1000-watt high pressure sodium metal halide bulbs in the boat house area, and three main street lights on the overlook with new hi efficient LED energy saving commercial lighting systems, he said.
Contractors plan to work closely with the Dale Hollow electricians to ensure proper installation.
According to Carter, LED lighting offers an unprecedented opportunity for the district to save energy, maintenance and is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation.
Qualified commercial products use at least 75 percent less energy, last six-to-10 times longer than incandescent lighting and should save the Corps thousands of dollars over time.
Dale Hollow Lake is a vacation destination and quiet getaway that borders the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. Each year the lake not provides flood risk reduction on the Obey River and at municipal, industrial and agricultural areas along the Cumberland, lower Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The dam generates clean, safe and efficient hydroelectric power and offers recreational opportunities to millions of visitors each year.
Amy Tyree, a Nashville District engineering technician in the hydropower branch, oversees the district’s sustainability program initiative and explains that through maintenance, repairs, time, effort and planning, the district is making improvements that promote environmental friendly technologies.
“When it comes to new building maintenance and construction what we are doing is incorporating energy saving conservation measures to every effort that the Corps is doing and those are positive results,” said Tyree.
Dale Hollow Lake and Dam is one of the Nashville District’s most visited multi-purpose projects that make up the Corps of Engineers’ system for development of the water resources of the Cumberland River Basin. Power produced at Dale Hollow is sufficient to supply the needs of an average city of 45,000 people.
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