Hydro, Renewable Energy

Eaton helps modernize Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric facility in Vermont

Power management company Eaton 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 — allowing GMP to reduce costs, enhance reliability and manage the facility remotely.

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 of low carbon energy. 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 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.