Emerson to modernize TVA power plant

Jan. 15, 2021

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported Dec. 9 that it's selected Emerson to modernize and optimize its 980-megawatt power plant in Magnolia, Miss. In operation since 2003, Magnolia uses combined cycle technology, generating up to 50% more electricity from natural gas, while producing less emissions than other sources. The project is part of TVA’s five-year, $110 million investment to install digital technologies across its electricity generating fleet, and is expected to be completed in 2022.

Emerson’s software and technologies will support TVA’s efforts to digitally transform the plant through advanced operations, enhanced cybersecurity and digital twin-enabled training. Emerson will replace existing systems at the combined-cycle plant with its Ovation automation system and software. Digital twin technologies will provide advanced training for operators, while Emerson's cybersecurity technologies will secure operations at the Magnolia facility.

“These upgrades are part of a larger long-term asset strategy to maintain our existing fleet in such a way that we can depend on their operation for years to come,” says Allen Clare, TVA vice president for gas and hydro operations.

Emerson and TVA are also using virtual technologies in place of face-to-face interaction to keep the project moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. “TVA is committed to digitally transforming its fleet so it can provide more reliable and cleaner electricity to its customers,” adds Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water business. “Our technologies have allowed us to keep this critical project on schedule and prioritize the safety of communities and operations.”