Ivyland, PA – American Governor Company (AGC) has been awarded a contract extension by Alabama Power to provide an additional nine digital governor systems for plants with output ranging from 21.6 to 70.9MW. The plants, including Lay Hydro Plant, Mitchell Hydro Plant, and Harris Hydro Plant, are currently fitted with Francis units and Woodward Governor Mechanical Cabinet Actuator governors. As part of the project, AGC will replace all existing governor equipment with Programmable Automation Controllers in a custom-engineered package to ensure commonality across all power plants for a solution that will seamlessly integrate with existing Controllers and Operator Control Equipment.
This upgrade program was initiated in 2011 and will conclude in 2019 with this third and final phase. At that time, the project will have upgraded every hydro governor in the Alabama Power’s fleet with over 1600MW of hydro generation running under AGC control.
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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.