Eaton to upgrade and modernize four Corps hydropower plants in Kentucky, Tennessee

Electric equipment manufacturer Aponte Power Services has awarded a contract to power management company Eaton to perform modernization and upgrades at four hydroelectric plants along the Cumberland River.

Receiving work are the 100-MW Old Hickory and 54-MW Dale Hollow in Tennessee, and Kentucky’s 130-MW Barkley and 70-MW Laurel.

Eaton said the contract includes the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning of electrical distribution, protection and safety systems that will “help optimize the performance of the aging facilities.” Specific components include power transformers, high-voltage circuit breakers, motor control centers and arc flash safety measures.

“Many hydroelectric generating plants in the U.S. have surpassed typical design life and can benefit greatly from the implementation of modern power management strategies,” said John Stampfel, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division.

The projects are owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose Nashville District will be able to control and monitor them via a new Eaton remote system.

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