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RG&E Completes $50 Million Upgrade at Penfield Substation
Investments Will Make Area Grid Smarter and Stronger

Rochester, NY
– After three years of planning and construction, RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has completed $50 million in upgrades at its electric substation on Harris Road in Penfield. The effort included installing two 186-ton phase-shifting transformers that crawled from Macedon through Penfield to the station one year ago.

This work is part of the NYSEG and RG&E five-year plan to invest more than $1.5 billion in their electric and natural gas delivery systems to maintain safe and reliable service.

“These upgrades significantly improve the power capacity and power quality at the station,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Adding state-of-the-art technology like this strengthens our infrastructure and enhances the reliability of our system for the benefit of our customers in eastern Monroe and western Wayne counties.”

The substation upgrades included installing:

  • Two new 115-kilovolt phase-shifting transformers, which will boost transmission capacity and increase system reliability; 
  • A static VAR compensator (SVC), the largest ever installed in the Iberdrola worldwide network, which will improve power quality and voltage consistency; and
  • A secure digital communication network and automation systems, which will enable remote monitoring, operation and control of the substation equipment.

“This was a complex upgrade that represents the type of investments RG&E and Iberdrola USA are making to improve performance, increase efficiency, and to ensure continued safe and reliable service for our customers,” Lynch said.