Form 11-K Eaton Corp plc For: Dec 31

June 23, 2021 4:11 PM EDT

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

FORM 11-K

Annual Report Pursuant to Section 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
þ Annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
    
     For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020

Or
 
¨ Transition report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
    
     For the transition period from                      to                     


Commission file number 000-54863

 
A. Full title of the plan and the address of the plan, if different from that of the issuer named below:

Eaton Personal Investment Plan

 
B. Name of issuer of the securities held pursuant to the plan and the address of its principal executive office:

Eaton Corporation plc
Eaton House
30 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4, Ireland
D04 Y0C2





SIGNATURES

The Plan. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the employee benefit plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 EATON PERSONAL INVESTMENT PLAN
Date: June 23, 2021By:Eaton Pension Administration Committee
By:/s/ April Miller Boise
  April Miller Boise
  Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
  Eaton Corporation



EATON PERSONAL INVESTMENT PLAN


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
WITH
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT
REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


December 31, 2020



INDEX
Page
 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
 Financial Statements:
      Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits3
      Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits4
      Notes to Financial Statements5-11
 Supplemental Schedule:
      Schedule of Assets Held for Investment Purposes at End of Year12



Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


To the Plan Administrator and Plan Participants of the Eaton Personal Investment Plan
and the Pension Administration Committee and the Pension Investment Committee of Eaton

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits of the Eaton Personal Investment Plan (“Plan”) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits for the years then ended, and the related notes and schedule (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) ("PCAOB") and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Supplemental Information

The supplemental information in the Schedule of Assets Held for Investment Purposes at End of Year as of December 31, 2020 has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The supplemental information is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental information reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental information. In forming our opinion on the supplemental information in the accompanying schedule, we evaluated whether the supplemental information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with Department of Labor’s (DOL) Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the supplemental information in the accompanying schedule is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.


/s/ Meaden & Moore, Ltd.

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2005.

Cleveland, Ohio

June 23, 2021





STATEMENT OF NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS

Eaton Personal Investment Plan

 December 31
20202019
 ASSETS
 Receivable - Employer contributions $51,720 $— 
 Receivable - Employee contributions 133,913 — 
 Receivable - Interest 3,824 — 
 Notes receivable from participants 4,291,153 5,050,357 
       Total Receivables 4,480,610 5,050,357 
 Investments at Fair Value:
    Plan interest in Eaton Savings Trust 154,202,116 142,536,912 
 Investments at Contract Value:
 Plan interest in Eaton Savings Trust
    Eaton Stable Value Fund 32,669,198 32,635,655 
        Total Investments 186,871,314 175,172,567 
 Net Assets Available for Benefits $191,351,924 $180,222,924 



See accompanying notes.






















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STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS

Eaton Personal Investment Plan

 Year Ended December 31
20202019
Additions to Net Assets Attributed to:
Contributions:
     Employer$2,519,893 $2,787,688 
     Employee8,487,063 9,221,359 
     Rollover233,220 503,521 
11,240,176 12,512,568 
Plan interest in Eaton Savings Trust
     investment gain21,697,164 27,735,638 
Interest income266,821 271,317 
        Total Additions before Transfers33,204,161 40,519,523 
Net Transfers to other plans(4,437)(438,491)
        Total Additions33,199,724 40,081,032 
Deductions from Net Assets Attributed to:
     Benefits paid to participants22,020,761 22,517,922 
     Administrative expenses49,963 47,573 
        Total Deductions22,070,724 22,565,495 
        Net Increase11,129,000 17,515,537 
Net Assets Available for Benefits:
     Beginning of Year180,222,924 162,707,387 
     End of Year$191,351,924 $180,222,924 

See accompanying notes.












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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Eaton Personal Investment Plan


1     Description of Plan

The following description of the Eaton Personal Investment Plan ("Plan") provides only general information. Participants should refer to the Plan document and summary plan description, which are available from the Company's Human Resources Department upon request, for a complete description of the Plan's provisions.

General:

Effective July 1, 1996, Eaton Corporation ("Company" or "Plan Sponsor") established the Plan. The Company is a subsidiary of Eaton Corporation plc ("Eaton"). On May 1, 1998, the Company amended the Plan and restated certain articles therein to qualify the Plan as a profit sharing plan under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code ("Code") and to include a cash or deferred arrangement intended to qualify under Section 401(k) of the Code. Effective June 1, 2018, the Company added a non-elective 2% Retirement Contribution for certain members of the Plan who are excluded from participation in the Pension Plan for Eaton Corporation Employees. The Plan was amended and restated effective January 1, 2015. The Plan was most recently amended April 18, 2019, December 3, 2019, February 27, 2020, and December 14, 2020.

Eligibility:

The Plan provides that all active and former union employees who belong(ed) to the unions listed in the Plan document, will be (were) eligible for membership in the Plan on the date at which the employee has (had) completed the specified probationary period, as stated in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Contributions:

Employee Contributions - Employees may make before-tax or after-tax contributions with maximum employee contribution percentages determined by the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Catch-up contributions are permitted in the Plan, allowing participants age 50 and older to defer an additional amount of their compensation, as prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code. Effective January 1, 2019, employees at certain locations who are classified on and after a specified effective date as new hires, rehires, and/or certain transfers are automatically enrolled in the Plan at a rate of 6% of eligible compensation, as specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Employer Contributions (Matching) - Certain eligible participants of the Plan may receive a matching contribution of 50% up to 6% of their deferred compensation as specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Employer Contributions (Retirement) - As specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreement, certain eligible participants of the Plan may receive a Company contribution based on hours worked or compensation. Additionally, beginning June 1, 2018, the Plan provides that employees at certain locations who are classified on and after a specified effective date as new hires, rehires, and/or certain transfers shall be eligible for non-elective 2% Eaton Retirement Contributions, not to exceed 2% of their eligible compensation, as specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Contributions are subject to limitations on annual additions and other limitations imposed by the Internal Revenue Code, as defined in the Plan document.

Rollover contributions from other plans are also accepted, provided certain specified conditions are met.







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1     Description of Plan, Continued

Participants' Accounts:

Each participant's account is credited with the participant's contributions, employer contributions, and an allocation of the Plan's earnings, and is charged with an allocation of applicable administrative expenses. Allocations, if any, are based on participant account balances. The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant's account.

Vesting:

All participants are 100% vested in elective deferrals, rollover contributions made to the Plan, and actual earnings thereon. Vesting in company contributions is subject to certain provisions as defined by the Plan.

Notes Receivable from Participants:

Participants may borrow from their fund accounts up to a maximum equal to the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance (excluding certain employer contributions), reduced by their highest outstanding loan balance during the preceding 12 months. Loan terms range from 1-5 years except for loans used for the purchase of a primary residence which may have a longer term. The loans are secured by the balance in the participant's account and bear interest at a rate based on the prime interest rate as determined by the Plan Administrator. Principal and interest are paid through payroll deduction for active employees. Terminated employees are permitted to make loan payments directly to Fidelity. Loans are valued at unpaid principal plus accrued unpaid interest.

During 2020, in response to COVID-19 and as permitted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Plan allowed eligible, active participants to defer loan repayments through December 31, 2020.

Hardship Withdrawals:

Hardship withdrawals are permitted in accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines. During 2020, the Plan permitted, as allowed by the CARES Act, a special withdrawal option through December 31, 2020 of up to two lump sum distributions per active participant with a limit of $25,000 each.

Payment of Benefits:

Upon termination of service, retirement, death or total and permanent disability, a participant is eligible to receive a lump sum amount equal to the value of his or her account. A participant may choose to take partial withdrawals. Benefits are recorded when paid.

Investment Options:

Contributions may be invested in any of the fund options available under the Plan.
2     Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Accounting:

The financial statements of the Plan are prepared on the accrual basis of accounting.

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition:

The Plan's trustee is Fidelity Management Trust Company, and the Plan's investments, excluding notes receivable from participants, were invested in the Eaton Savings Trust ("Master Trust"), which was established for the investment of assets of the Plan and the Eaton Savings Plan. The fair value of the Plan’s interest in the individual funds of the Master Trust is based on the value of the Plan’s interest in the fund as of January 1, 2002, plus actual contributions and allocated investment income (loss) less actual distributions.



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2     Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, Continued

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition, Continued

Securities traded on a national securities exchange are valued at the last reported sales price on the last business day of the Plan year. Investments traded in the over-the-counter market and listed securities for which no sale was reported on that date are valued at the average of the last reported bid and asked prices. Common/collective trust funds and separate accounts are valued at the redemption value of the units held at year-end. Participant transactions (purchases and sales) occur daily with no restrictions and there are no unfunded commitments. The common/collective trust and separate accounts have varying investment strategies ranging from mirroring specific market indexes, asset allocation strategies, and bond performance. However, in high volume liquidation demand periods, the Trustee may, at their discretion, delay liquidation requests so that it is in the best interest of all participants in the fund. The Eaton Stable Value Fund invests primarily in investment contracts issued by insurance companies, banks or other financial institutions, including investment contracts backed by high-quality fixed income securities.

Investments held by a defined contribution plan are required to be reported at fair value, except for fully benefit- responsive investment contracts. Contract value is the relevant measure for that portion of the net assets available for benefits of a defined contribution plan attributable to fully benefit-responsive investment contracts, because contract value is the amount participants normally would receive if they were to initiate permitted transactions under the terms of the Plan.

Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis.

Use of Estimates:

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Administrative Fees:

All administrative costs, management fees and expenses of the Plan are paid by the Trustee from the Master Trust unless such costs, fees and expenses are paid by the Company. The Company elected to pay certain administrative costs during 2020 and 2019 on behalf of the Plan. Certain transaction costs are paid by the participants. Certain investments in the Plan have revenue sharing agreements with the Trustee. Prior to July 1, 2020, revenue sharing from these investment funds was used to pay recordkeeping fees. If there were revenue credits in excess of administration fees, they were recorded in administrative expenses. Beginning on October 1, 2020 (for the third quarter of 2020), participants pay the recordkeeping fees and administrative expenses with a flat quarterly fee deducted from their accounts.

Plan Termination:

The Company may amend, modify, suspend, or terminate the Plan. No amendment, modification, suspension, or termination of the Plan shall have the effect of providing that any amounts then held under the Plan may be used or diverted to any purpose other than for the exclusive benefit of members or their beneficiaries.

Risks and Uncertainties:

The Master Trust's investments, as listed in Footnote 4, have varying degrees of risk, such as interest rate, credit and overall market volatility risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and such changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits.







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2     Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, Continued

Subsequent Events:

Management evaluates events occurring subsequent to the date of the financial statements in determining the accounting for and disclosure of transactions and events that affect the financial statements.

On January 21, 2020, Eaton announced the sale of its Hydraulics business to Danfoss A/S. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021. On February 1, 2021, Eaton signed an agreement to purchase Cobham Mission Systems. The purchase was completed on June 1, 2021. The financial impact of these transactions on the net assets available for benefits cannot be estimated at this time.

On March 2, 2020, Eaton announced it had completed the sale of its Lighting business to Signify N.V. The Plan was amended to permit multiple employer participation, and employees included in the sale were eligible to participate in the Plan through December 31, 2020. On January 8, 2021, account balances totaling $7,429,817 and notes receivable from participants totaling $480,475 were transferred out of the Plan.

Subsequent events have been evaluated through the report date which is the date the financial statements were available to be issued.

3     Tax Status

On December 28, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service stated that the Plan, as then designed, was in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The Plan has been amended; however, the Plan Administrator and the Plan's tax counsel believe that the Plan is currently designed and being operated in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, they believe that the Plan was qualified and the related trust was tax-exempt as of the financial statement date.

Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America require plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the Plan and recognize a tax liability if the Plan has taken uncertain tax positions that more likely-than-not would not be sustained upon examination by applicable taxing authorities. The Plan Administrator has analyzed tax positions taken by the Plan and has concluded that, as of December 31, 2020, there are no uncertain tax positions taken, or expected to be taken, that would require recognition of a liability or disclosure in the financial statements. The Plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions. However, currently no audits for any tax periods are in progress.























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4     Investments

Fidelity Management Trust Company, Trustee and Recordkeeper of the Plan, holds the Plan's investment assets and executes investment transactions, and all investment assets of the Plan are pooled for investment purposes in the Master Trust.

The following tables present the assets of the Master Trust and the Plan's interest in each of the investments held by the Master Trust at December 31:
2020Master Trust BalancesPlan's Interest in Master Trust Balances
Common collective trusts$3,521,810,309 $98,364,539 
Registered investment companies1,440,644,388 33,428,692 
Eaton ordinary shares1,132,064,415 15,308,747 
Guaranteed investment contracts470,670,940 31,470,010 
U.S. government securities137,861,730 4,767,320 
Interest bearing cash53,795,527 2,095,988 
Corporate debt instruments31,774,428 1,098,774 
Non interest bearing cash4,675,211 161,671 
     Total investments6,793,296,948 186,695,741 
        Receivables5,387,192 245,427 
        Liabilities(3,215,017)(69,854)
     Total $6,795,469,123 $186,871,314 
2019Master Trust BalancesPlan's Interest in Master Trust Balances
Common collective trusts$3,111,971,475 $91,002,794 
Registered investment companies1,375,643,912 31,475,659 
Eaton ordinary shares1,025,886,335 13,493,035 
Guaranteed investment contracts415,269,277 30,794,541 
U.S. government securities131,343,840 4,858,216 
Interest bearing cash56,752,886 2,603,898 
Corporate debt instruments25,957,561 960,132 
     Total investments6,142,825,286 175,188,275 
        Receivables3,498,542 130,305 
        Liabilities(2,803,519)(146,013)
           Total $6,143,520,309 $175,172,567 

At December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, the Eaton Fixed Income Fund was comprised of U.S. government securities (76% and 82%), corporate debt instruments (18% and 16%), interest bearing and non interest bearing cash (4% and 1%), and other investments (2% and 1%).









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4     Investments, Continued

Investment income and net appreciation or depreciation in the fair value of the investments of the Master Trust are allocated to the individual plans based upon the average balance invested by each plan in each of the individual funds of the Master Trust. The following table sets forth the investment income and net appreciation or depreciation in the fair value of investments of the Master Trust allocated to the participating plans for the years ended December 31:
20202019
Interest and dividend income$89,798,542 $111,829,354 
Net appreciation in fair value955,857,590 1,149,779,421 
$1,045,656,132 $1,261,608,775 

5     Party-in-Interest Transactions                

Party-in-interest transactions include the investments in the ordinary shares of Eaton and the investment funds of the Trustee and the payments of administrative expenses by the Company. Such transactions are exempt from being prohibited transactions. In addition, the Plan has arrangements with various service providers and these arrangements qualify as party-in-interest transactions.

During 2020, the Eaton Shares Fund received $29,962,805 in ordinary share dividends from Eaton. During 2019, the Eaton Shares Fund received $34,164,780 in ordinary share dividends from Eaton, which were a return of capital.

6     Benefit-Responsive Investment Fund            

The Plan holds the Eaton Stable Value Fund, a fund co-managed by Mellon Investments Corporation (Mellon) and Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, that invests in benefit-responsive investment contracts. The fund is credited with earnings on the underlying investments and charged for participant withdrawals and administrative expenses. The traditional guaranteed investment contract issuers are contractually obligated to repay the principal and a specified interest rate that is guaranteed to the Plan and the synthetic contract issuers are contractually obligated to guarantee the payment of a specific interest rate to the Plan.

As described in Footnote 2, because the guaranteed investment contracts are fully benefit-responsive, contract value is the relevant measurement attribute for that portion of the net assets available for benefits attributable to the guaranteed investment contract. Contract value, as reported to the Plan by Mellon and Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, represents contributions made under the contracts, plus earnings, less participant withdrawals and administrative expenses. Participants may ordinarily direct the withdrawal or transfer of all or a portion of their investment at contract value.

There are no reserves against contract value for credit risk of the contract issuer or otherwise. The crediting interest rate is based on a formula agreed upon with the issuer, but it may not be less than zero percent. Such interest rates are reviewed quarterly for resetting.

Certain events limit the ability of the Plan to transact at contract value with the issuers. The Plan Administrator does not believe that the occurrence of any such value event, which would limit the Plan's ability to transact at contract value with participants, is probable.

The issuer may terminate the contract for cause at any time.
                                            








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7     Fair Value Measurements                
                                            
In accordance with ASC 820, the Plan has categorized the financial instruments, based on the degree of subjectivity inherent in the valuation technique, into a fair value hierarchy of three levels, as follows:

Level 1 - inputs to the valuation methodology are quoted prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.

Level 2 - inputs to the valuation methodology include quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, and inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument.

Level 3 - inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.
                                            
The following is a description of the valuation methodologies used for assets measured at fair value. There have been no changes in the methodologies used at December 31, 2020 and 2019.
                                            
Registered investment companies (mutual funds), Company stock funds and bond funds: Valued at the net asset value ("NAV") of shares held by the Master Trust at year-end.
                                            
Common collective trusts : Valued at the net unit value of units held by the trust at year-end. The unit value is determined by dividing the total value of fund assets by the total number of units of the Fund owned.

The methods described above may produce a fair value calculation that may not be indicative of net realizable value or reflective of future fair values. Furthermore, while management believes the valuation methods are appropriate and consistent with other market participants, the use of different methodologies or assumptions to determine the fair value of certain financial instruments could result in a different fair value measurement at the reporting date.

The following table sets forth by level on a recurring basis, within the fair value hierarchy, the Master Trust's investments at fair value as of December 31, 2020. There are no investments which fall under Level 3 of the hierarchy.
Level 1
Fair Value
Level 2
Fair Value
Totals
Registered investment companies$1,440,644,389 $ $1,440,644,389 
Common collective trusts 3,529,979,333 3,529,979,333 
Company stock funds 1,155,890,005 1,155,890,005 
Bond funds 180,349,190 180,349,190 
Total investments at fair value$1,440,644,389 $4,866,218,528 $6,306,862,917 

The following table sets forth by level on a recurring basis, within the fair value hierarchy, the Master Trust's investments at fair value as of December 31, 2019. There are no investments which fall under Level 3 of the hierarchy.
Level 1
Fair Value
Level 2
Fair Value
Totals
Registered investment companies$1,375,643,912 $— $1,375,643,912 
Common collective trusts— 3,115,734,950 3,115,734,950 
Company stock funds— 1,051,625,984 1,051,625,984 
Bond funds— 160,418,463 160,418,463 
Total investments at fair value$1,375,643,912 $4,327,779,397 $5,703,423,309 





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SCHEDULE OF ASSETS HELD FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES AT END OF YEAR
Form 5500, Schedule H, Part IV, Line 4i

Eaton Personal Investment Plan

EIN 34-0196300
Plan Number 162

December 31, 2020

(a) (b)  (c)  (d) (e)
 Identity of Issue,  Description of Investment Including
 Borrower, Lessor,  Maturity Date, Rate of Interest,  Current
 or Similar Party  Collateral, Par or Maturity Value   Cost  Value
 * Interest in Eaton Savings Trust Master Trust Master Trust  N/A $154,202,116 
 * Interest in Eaton Stable Value Fund - See Footnote 1 Guaranteed Investment Contract  N/A 32,669,198 
 * Participant Loans 4.0 - 9.25%; various maturity dates  N/A 4,291,153 
$191,162,467 
Footnote 1 - denotes contract value.
 * Party-in-interest to the Plan.
































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Exhibit 23.1

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8 No. 333-185206) pertaining to the Eaton Personal Investment Plan of our report dated June 23, 2021, with respect to the financial statements of the Eaton Personal Investment Plan included in this Annual Report (Form 11-K) for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.


/s/ Meaden & Moore, Ltd.

Cleveland, Ohio
June 23, 2021




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