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TVA recreation area cuts power usage

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A unique demonstration project set among the campers and anglers at Melton Hill Dam Sustainable Recreation Area is delivering on its promise of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA blended a concentrated mix of sustainable technologies and conservation concepts into the existing infrastructure of the popular 92-acre lakeside recreation area west of Knoxville. The project opened on Earth Day 2011.

Results announced this week from monitoring by TVA and the Electric Power Research Institute found annual energy savings of 27 percent to 30 percent, and a 53 percent average annual reduction in water consumption.

The site was equipped with a variety of systems designed to curb water and electric use, as well as lower operating costs; and to encourage sustainable practices.