Ivyland, PA – American Governor Company (AGC) has been awarded a contract by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to provide an Independent Bypass Valve (BPV) Control System and Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) for its Chili Bar powerplant. The BPV will allow water to pass through the plant while plant workers perform maintenance on the Main HPU and Controller. This project builds on AGC’s history with plant: American Governor converted the single-unit Chili Bar powerplant to digital controls back in 2002, a controls system that still runs with the utmost precision.
The scope of supply for this follow-on project includes a small cabinet with PLC and HMI; an Electrohydraulic Interface; and new position and speed feedback devices. By design, everything will be completely separate from the Main Controller. AGC’s control cabinet will be mounted on the HPU and PG&E’s Factory Acceptance Test will take place in Bakersfield, California.
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.