Eaton to upgrade Vermont hydropower facility for Green Mountain Power

Power management company Eaton announced Jan. 8 that it is helping Green Mountain Power (GMP) modernize, upgrade and automate the electrical system at its Proctor, Vermont, hydroelectric plant.

Under the contract, Eaton will update the plant’s power and control systems, which will allow GMP to reduce costs, enhance reliability and manage the facility remotely. “Eaton’s power management expertise and solutions will help Green Mountain Power continue to produce low-cost, low-carbon and reliable power at the Proctor hydroelectric station,” said Dorothy Schnure, a spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power.

Eaton will design and install new electrical infrastructure at the century-old Proctor hydroelectric station, which currently includes five turbine-generating units that produce 6.9 MW. Expected to be complete in January 2015, the modernization project includes the replacement of the excitation system, governors, turbines, control system and power distribution equipment.

“With our expert engineering resources, Eaton is committed to helping modernize and ensure that the Proctor hydro generation facility can operate sustainably for decades to come,” said John Stampfel, vice president and general manager, Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division, Eaton.

With a fleet of 32 hydro stations across Vermont, GMP has one of the largest fleets of hydroelectric generating stations in New England. The facilities produce renewable energy at a fraction of the cost of most other generation sources.

Eaton has one of the largest and most experienced teams of power system engineers in the industry. Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services and Systems team offers a comprehensive portfolio of services tailored for every stage of a power system’s life cycle, whether design, build or support. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.