Emerson acquires hydropower leader

Emerson has completed the purchase of American Governor Company, a leader in technologies and services for hydroelectric turbine controls. The acquisition strengthens Emerson’s hydropower capabilities, enhancing its ability to help utilities deliver reliable power generation through renewable energy and be highly responsive to the dynamic needs of the electric grid.

American Governor is a respected industry leader in the hydro market, with expertise that spans the oldest mechanical to the latest digital governors, which regulate hydroelectric turbines. The company, with headquarters near Philadelphia, provides services to over 1,500 hydro plants globally and has hosted the industry’s premier training event for almost two decades. Emerson, a global technology and engineering leader, has provided digital controls to thousands of power plants across the globe representing over 1.3 million megawatts of electric generation. Together, the organisations will provide utilities with comprehensive fleet-wide solutions.

“Our organisations share a common vision and passion for providing world-class hydropower automation solutions and services,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power & water business. “Combining American Governor’s hydropower expertise and exceptional governor service with Emerson’s deep power industry knowledge and the industry’s leading controls technology will help customers meet their evolving renewable generation needs.”

The power industry is increasingly seeking opportunities to introduce digital transformation technologies to help predict, manage and control electricity generation produced by disparate sources. American Governor’s digital governor systems complement Emerson’s industry-leading Ovation automation technology, RX3i programmable automation controllers, and systems for equipment condition monitoring and protection, excitation, cybersecurity and simulation. Bringing together these combined capabilities will help utilities realise the benefits of digital transformation for more efficient, safe and reliable operations.

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