Coal, Hydroelectric

GE Hydro to upgrade generators at Northern California power station

ATLANTA, GA, March 24, 2003 — GE Hydro has received a contract of more than US$7 million to upgrade and install two generators at the Jaybird Hydroelectric Powerhouse in northern California.

The 154-MW Jaybird facility is owned by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and is located on the south fork of the American River near Placerville, California.

GE Hydro will design, manufacture and install new generator stators to replace the existing stators, refurbish the existing generator rotor poles, and test and commission the equipment.

GE Hydro’s Twintone stator winding insulation system and the complete refurbishment of the rotor windings will significantly increase the power rating of the two generators from 77 to 85 MVA.

The two generators will be taken off-line for the installation work during the fourth quarter of 2004 and the project will be completed by mid-January of 2005.

Another GE Power Systems group participating in the Jaybird project, Bently Nevada, will supply a total unit condition assessment system to measure vibration, temperature, air gap, position and speed. It will include Bently Nevada’s System 1(tm) Plant Asset Management software which ties all monitored parameters, including power

and current, into a single software package. The System 1 platform will allow the future inclusion of other mechanical assets in the plant into a single asset management platform.

GE Hydro, a unit of GE Power Systems, is a world leader in the supply of hydro turbines, generators and related electro-technical equipment for the hydropower production industry. Capabilities include complete wire-to-wire solutions for new hydroelectric plants and refurbishment and service for existing plants.

Bently Nevada, a recent GE Power Systems acquisition, is a global leader in machinery protection and conditioning monitoring solutions.

SMUD is the nation’s sixth largest community-owned electric utility in terms of customers served. It generates, transmits and distributes electric power to 1.2 million customers in a service area of 900 square miles, including Sacramento County and a small portion of Placer County.

About GE Power Systems

GE Power Systems ( is a supplier of power generation technology, energy services and management systems with estimated 2002 revenues of nearly $23 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.