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Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Wilson Dam and the TVA System

Wilson Dam and the TVA System Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 1, 2018
1. Wilson Dam and the TVA System Marker
Wilson Dam and the TVA System
From the very beginning, TVA knew how important Wilson Dam would be to their operations. In fact, the Wilson Dam area served as the headquarters for TVA's initial agricultural and chemical programs. Today, Wilson Dam serves as a training facility for all of TVA's hydroelectric workers.

Through it was completed in 1924, Wilson Dam is still the most powerful conventional hydroelectric dam in the TVA system. But when it comes to TVA dams, hydroelectric power generation is only part of the story. TVA reservoirs create a safe, navigable channel throughout the Tennessee River System-including here at Muscle Shoals-and also provide crucial water storage that prevents the kind of large-scale flooding that used to ravage the region.

TVA is dedicated to becoming the Southeast's leader in increased energy efficiency. Programs like Energy Right Solutions encourage greater energy efficiency in homes through low-interest loans for heat pumps and provide simple things that residents can do to save energy and money.

Looking toward the future with TVA
The future of power generation is looking greener. Thanks to a diverse portfolio of power generation methods, TVA continues to keep energy costs in the Tennessee Valley region below the national average. Today, TVA operates and purchases

Wilson Dam and the TVA System image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 1, 2018
2. Wilson Dam and the TVA System
View of Wilson Dam and Tennessee River
power from hydroelectric dams, coal-fired plants, natural gas plants, nuclear plants, a pumped storage hydropower plant and sites powered by wind turbines, methane gas or solar panels.
Location. 34° 47.637′ N, 87° 37.542′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on Reservation Road. Touch for map. The marker is located next to Powerhouse at Visitor Overlooking the Tennessee River and Dam. Marker is in this post office area: Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How Does Wilson Dam Work? (a few steps from this marker); TVA Goes to War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (about 300 feet away); TVA: A History of Progress and Innovation / A Valley of Hardships (about 300 feet away); Building a New Future (about 300 feet away); Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources (about 300 feet away); Wilson Dam: Setting the Stage (about 300 feet away); Birds of North Alabama (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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