Eaton announces contract award from Bureau of Reclamation for Shasta, Keswick modernizations

Eaton has been awarded a contract from the Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to lead an electrical life extension and modernization project at the Shasta and Keswick hydroelectric power plants in California.

The project will update existing generation systems at the Sacramento River dams to support more efficient energy production and improve grid stability.

Jess Yenter, project leader with Eaton, talked to us about this contract award while at HydroVision International 2018. Watch the video below for this interview:



Under the contract, Eaton will provide turnkey replacement of each of the station’s legacy excitation systems with modern digital solutions designed to improve voltage regulation and generation performance. Eaton will also apply intelligent power solutions, including automatic voltage regulators and touchscreen human machine interfaces (HMIs), to enable easier monitoring and remote diagnostics. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2019.

To help further optimize system reliability, Eaton’s turnkey project management will include testing, commissioning and training for all mechanical and electrical equipment, hardware and software. Additionally, Eaton will provide all labor, materials, supervision, transportation, and management necessary to assist Reclamation in operating and maintaining the critical hydroelectric generation assets.


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