Ivyland, PA – American Governor Company (AGC) has been awarded a multi-year, multi-plant contract for the replacement of mechanical governors at eight (8) of Consumers Energy’s dam sites in Michigan. This project will include the following dam sites: Mio; Cooke; Croton; Five Channels; Foote; Loud; Rogers; and Webber dams. The award is part of a program to replace governors at the listed sites over a five year time span, with final installations and commissionings planned no later than 2023.
Consumers Energy owns 13 hydroelectric facilities along five rivers in Michigan. Built between 1906 and 1935, the hydro plants have a combined generating capacity of about 130 megawatts. The facilities are located on the Au Sable River (Mio Hydro, Alcona Hydro, Loud Hydro, Five Channels Hydro, Cooke Hydro, Foote Hydro), Grand River (Webber Hydro), Kalamazoo River (Allegan Hydro), Manistee River (Hodenpyl Hydro, Tippy Hydro), and Muskegon River (Rogers Hydro, Hardy Hydro, Croton Hydro). Operating since 1907, the Webber Hydro on the Grand River is the company’s oldest operating hydroelectric facility. The Croton Hydro on the Muskegon River was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 16, 1979.
This governor replacement program is a result of our bid response to Consumers for the Mio & Cooke plant requests for quote. The competitive requests included a customer scope and specification, and AGC’s reply included compliance matrices and scope summary. As the other plants have very similar governor equipment, Consumers decided to expand the project into these additional plants. After a brief site review of each plant, AGC used the same level of effort to spec the additional units/plants.
About American Governor Company
American Governor Company provides fully engineered digital governor conversion systems for hydro plants, including PLC-based digital controls, electro-hydraulic valve manifolds, hydraulic power units, electronic feedback devices and unit/plant control and monitoring systems. Installation, start-up, commissioning and field training services are provided by our staff of experienced governor specialists and field service engineers. American Governor also provides full support for legacy governor systems, including a complete line of replacement parts for all types of Woodward governors and a growing inventory of new and reconditioned parts and assemblies for other OEM governors. American Governor offers Field Service, Training, Retrofit kits and Technical Support for legacy governors. The Training and Repair Facility near Stevens Point WI offers factory repair services for governor pumps and permanent magnet generators as well as our annual Governor School and twice yearly Focus Classes. American Governor has provided more than 600 digital governor upgrades and has supported over 1,500 hydropower plants in North America.