American Governor Company (AGC) has been selected by WE Energies and Black & Veatch to provide equipment and site services to upgrade the governors, protective relays, and unit/plant control systems at the Brule Hydro powerplant. This project was jointly developed by the owner, Black & Veatch, and AGC. For this project, similar to previous upgrade at Peavy Falls in 2016, AGC will partner with SEL for the Protection equipment.
The Brule turbines were controlled by Woodward Gateshaft governors placed into service in 1981. The power station is located on the Brule River near Florence, Wisconsin and has been providing clean renewable energy since 1919. Following AGC’s completed commissioning of the new governors in 2019, Brule will be eligible as a Hydro Hall of Fame Centennial Plant.
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.