Eaton to help Central Valley Project meet peak water demands

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PITTSBURGH, PA, July 25, 2012 -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has secured a $2.2 million United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) contract to replace critical electrical components at the Trinity, Judge Francis Carr and Spring Creek hydroelectric power plants in Shasta County, Calif. The three hydroelectric facilities are responsible for generating and transferring electricity when the California's Central Valley Project (CVP) reaches peak demand. The CVP is one of the nation's major water conservation developments, built to protect California's Central Valley from water shortages.

"Switchgear is directly linked to the reliability of electrical supply and aging units can represent an obstacle to reliable and efficient on demand switching of electrical loads. Eaton's modernizations will help the CVP meet peak requirements well into the future."

Eaton's scope of work for the project includes replacement of the facilities' switchgear, which was originally installed in the 1960's upon initiation of plant operation. Eaton will also upgrade the electrical controls and cabling and provide temporary electrical equipment to support the plants' critical loads during the installation. Eaton's work will help the CVP continue to provide reliable and sustainable supply water to nearly one million households in California and nearly one-third of the state's agricultural land.

"A vast percentage of California relies on the CVP for the constant supply of residential and industrial water," said Jim Dankowski, manager, Marketing and Business Development, Government Sales and Solutions, Eaton. "Switchgear is directly linked to the reliability of electrical supply and aging units can represent an obstacle to reliable and efficient on demand switching of electrical loads. Eaton's modernizations will help the CVP meet peak requirements well into the future."

The facilities' electrical systems are designed to be triggered by peak demands to provide safe, reliable and clean electricity to the pump stations responsible for the distribution of reclaimed water. The remaining energy is then marketed to various customers in California.

Eaton's Electrical Service and Systems division, one of the largest and most experienced teams of power system engineers in the industry, will replace the facilities' equipment with Magnum DS Switchgear, an assembly of metal enclosures, each of which houses draw-out mounted, low voltage power circuit breakers. Eaton's Magnum DS Switchgear has the highest withstand ratings in the industry, enhancing uptime and equipment protection. The plants' systems will also rely on the Eaton ATC-600, a programmable microprocessor-based monitoring device, for the on demand energizing of the plants' hydroelectric generating capabilities.

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 global electrical product series and solutions, to answer today's most critical electrical power management challenges.

About Eaton Corporation
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services 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. For more information, visit


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