RG&E to Invest Millions in Upgrading Hydroelectric Plants
Rochester, NY, April 4, 2007 – RG&E plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Station 2 and Station 5 hydroelectric plants on the Genesee River in the City of Rochester. The investment will result in additional generating capacity of 9 megawatts (mw) at the two plants that currently have a combined generating capacity of approximately 49 mw.
The public can learn more about the planned work at Station 2 at a meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Brown’s Race Market in the High Falls Historic District, 60 Brown’s Race.
“This planned investment in our hydroelectric generating stations is a testament to our commitment to the environment and renewable sources of energy,” said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Optimizing the output of these plants is also an important step in diversifying the fuel mix for generating electricity.”
Most of the work will take place at Station 2 at High Falls. Planning will begin in 2007 to double the size of the facility and its current 6.5 mw generating capacity. This work is expected to be complete in 2009. In addition, the existing generator at the plant will be rewound to make it more efficient, netting an additional generating capacity of 1 mw. This work will be done in 2008.
RG&E also plans to rewind a generator and complete related work at Station 5 at Middle/Lower Falls next summer. This project will add approximately 1.5 mw of generating capacity at the plant.
Completion of these projects will provide direct benefits to the environment because the additional environmentally-friendly generation will offset generation from fossil-fuel sources. Each year, the additional generating capacity at Stations 2 and 5 will mean nearly 14,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), nearly 60 tons of sulfur dioxide and nearly 20 tons of nitrogen oxides from fossil-fuel sources will be avoided. The CO2 emissions avoided are the equivalent of planting more than 1.8 million trees or not driving more than 27 million miles.
RG&E and its sister company NYSEG together are the third largest generator of renewable energy in the state. One mw of generating capacity is enough to serve approximately 700 homes.
About RG&E: RG&E is a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. We serve 359,000 electricity customers and 296,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, we will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve. For more information about RG&E, visit rge.com.