TVA finishes repairs on Raccoon Mountain facility

TVA finishes repairs on Raccoon Mountain facility

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has completed repairs at its Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility.

TVA shut down the Raccoon Mountain facility near Chattanooga two years ago after inspections found significant cracks in the rotors. The utility ended up making about $90 million worth of repairs.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports officials say the facility will help TVA keep homes cool this summer, especially during times of high demand.

The generators pull water from the river and pump it up through a concrete tunnel through the middle of the mountain to fill a reservoir. Then the water flows back down through those generators to make power.

The plant provided an average of 1,652 megawatts of electricity a day, enough to power nearly a million homes.

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