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  Bedford, Virginia – Digital Governor Retrofits – September 2016
Town of Bedford, Virginia – Digital Governor Retrofits

Ivyland, PA – American Governor Company (AGC) has been awarded a contract by the Town of Bedford, Virginia for the design, manufacture, delivery, and installation of digital governor retrofits of equipment provided by North American Hydro (recently acquired by Eagle Creek Renewable Energy). In the early 1920s, the plant contained (3) 300KW turbine generator sets, controlled by Woodward Gateshaft governors. These original units were replaced in 1987 with (2) Gated Tube/Continental units, rated for 2.5MW each. AGC’s contract includes replacement unit/governor PLC and all software and installation engineering. The existing governor oil system, hydraulic control valves, and existing field transmitters will be retained and reused.

The Snowden Hydro Power Plant is located on the James River near the community of Big Island, Virginia. The project includes a low head structure completely spanning the river, and a canal along the left bank of the river that leads to the power plant structure and an adjacent run of the river bypass.

Here’s a local news story about the plant renovations:


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.

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