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  Brookfield – Millinocket retrofit

American Governor Company (AGC) continues to support Brookfield Renewable’s Millinocket Hydro by retrofitting the site’s original belt-driven Woodward Gateshaft governor on Unit #7. We have supported this 1921 governor since the mid-2000s and are excited for the opportunity to now update the unit to today’s digital standards.

AGC is providing its standard electrohydraulic and electrical components and will reprogram the AGC Digital governor from Millinocket Unit #2, that had been decommissioned. This contract includes estimated startup and commissioning.

When the Great Northern Paper Millinocket Mill opened, it was the world’s largest paper mill and the first paper mill to have an integral electrical generation and distribution facility. The paper mill had several owners over the years, and – fun fact – in 2011 provided the paper needed to produce the popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. The mill’s output that year was 3,000 tons of paper, mostly for the three-part novel, which was printed on Great Northern’s Baxter Brite paper. In 2014, the century-old paper mill was forced to close down its operations.


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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