Eaton Wins $10.9 Million Contract to Modernize Electro-Mechanical Technology for New York’s Largest Power Generating Facility

Date: January 11, 2011

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation received a nine-year, $10.9 million contract award from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) board of trustees for the Life Extension and Modernization program of the Niagara Power Project’s Lewiston Pump Generating Plant (LPGP).

The United States and Canada have shared the Niagara River's water power for nearly half a century. The Niagara Power Project will continue to produce steady supplies of clean, carbon-free hydroelectricity for another 50 years under a federal operating license.

The agreement will include the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commission of 12 unit control boards and governor controls. Eaton will replace the original electro-mechanical devices with modern digital technology, including microprocessing capability, new instrumentation and alarms, and will also upgrade the unit governing system and replace the plant’s unit protective relaying system. LPGP modernizations will occur under a schedule providing for the overhaul of a turbine generator every eight to nine months, with the final unit completed in 2020.

The initiative also supports New York State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which calls for at least 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources such as hydroelectric power by 2013.

“The Niagara Power Project is the largest electricity producer in New York, and one of the largest in the nation,” explained Kevin McLean, Eaton senior vice president, Global Marketing, Electrical Sector. “Eaton’s expertise in electrical efficiency, reliability and safety help ensure that it will meet the evolving demands of its vast customer base and continue to supply low-cost, sustainable power for years to come.”

Pumped-storage facilities like the Lewiston Pump Generating Plant provide a critical energy storage buffer between the ever-changing customer loads and the availability of sustainable hydro power. Eaton’s solution will provide a sophisticated level of control for the facility’s existing electrical components, some dating back to 1961 when the Niagara Project was first placed into service.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned, through its Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, and Santak® global electrical product series, to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.