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TVA's Raccoon Mountain ready to battle summer heat

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TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Station. TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Station.
MARION COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) - Chattanoogans should be able to crank up the air conditioning this summer with no worries of crashing the power grid.

That's because the Tennessee Valley Authority's Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant is back in business after being shut down two years for some $90 million in repairs.

"For air quality, it's a good thing," said Robert Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau. "The cleanest power comes from solar and hydroelectric. The more hydroelectric, the better."

The plant, which was completed in 1978 and looks like the setting for a James Bond movie, is a power source that TVA relies on when electrical demand is high -- including on scorching summer days when air conditioners are set to full blast.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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