NES substation soon to open in SoBro to use new technology

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 3:39pm
Staff reports

Nashville Electric Service will incorporate within its soon-to-open SoBro substation technology that will be new to the utility.

Speaking at the Nashville Convention Center Authority meeting Thursday morning, NES Vice President of Operations Paul Allen noted the substation, currently under construction at Sixth Avenue South and what will be the extension of Korean Veterans Boulevard, will incorporate gas-insulated switchgear (for cooling purposes).  

The substation, to be located across KVB from the authority’s Music City Center convention facility, is set to open by the end of June. Once operational, the current downtown substation, located at Sixth and Demonbreun Street, will be demolished, with the fast-rising MCC to infill the footprint.

Of note, the roof is now on the NES substation and soon it will be enclosed. However, the structure’s exterior skin won’t be added until near the completion of KVB in early 2013.

In other Nashville Convention Center Authority meeting news, Eileen McGinn of KPMG gave a presentation on an external audit plan for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. McGinn reviewed KPMG’s procedures and the firm’s commitment to performing an audit with “professional skepticism.”  KPMG looks at MCC management to ensure there is proper culture and ethics, and internal controls, including controls to prevent, detect and deter fraud.

In addition, MCC Executive Director Charles Starks told the authority there are more than 350,000 room nights booked.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau has a goal of one million room nights by the time the center opens in early 2013.