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Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP) FAQs

What is the Rochester Area Reliability Project  (RARP)? 
The RARP is an approximately $254 million expansion and upgrade to a portion of RG&E’s electric transmission system in the City of Rochester and western Monroe County. The project will provide an additional source of electricity and will enhance the reliability of our electricity delivery system in the Rochester area. 

What are some of the key components of the RARP? 
We plan to make a number of improvements to our transmission system.  A new substation will be built in southwestern portion of Monroe County, new transmission lines will be built in the City of Rochester and the towns of Gates, Chili and Henrietta, and we will upgrade other existing facilities.

How much will the project cost?
Approximately $254 million.

What is the economic impact of a project like this?
We estimate the project will create about 70 local jobs during the 18-24 month construction period, and have positive long-term impact on job creation in the future. If completed as planned, the RARP will provide the following new annual tax revenue:

  • Town of Chili - $4.6 million
  • Town of Gates - $3.5 million
  • Town of Henrietta - $0.47 million
  • City of Rochester - $0.78 million

How long will the project take to complete?  
A transmission project like this can take 5-7 years or longer to build from initial planning to energizing. RG&E now estimates that if the Commission confirms the already certified Alternative Site 7 as the location for Station 255, it will take us 30 months from the date of the Order to placing the project in service. If the Commission selects another location for Station 255, RG&E estimates it will take approximately 37 months from the date of the Order to placing the project in service, depending on conditions at the new location. 
Where will the additional power for the RARP come from?
The new substation and transmission lines will be fed by the New York Power Authority's 345-kilovolt cross-state transmission lines that originate in Niagara Falls.

What is a transmission line and a substation?
Transmission lines are high-voltage electricity lines that carry power over long distances. These transmission lines enter substations where the electrical voltage is reduced. The lower-voltage power then exits the substations and enters the distribution lines that serve homes and businesses. Together, transmission lines and substations are the backbone of the electricity delivery system. 

What exactly is an Article VII application? 
Article VII is a set of New York State laws that provide the mechanism for review and siting of transmission lines. That law prescribes the content of an application, including a description of the project’s location, alternative locations, expected economic effects and environmental studies. 

How may I get other questions answered?

  • Media: Email or at 585.771.4802
  • All other inquiries: Joe Rizzo by email or at 1.800.647.9899




This significant investment is another example of RG&E’s commitment to provide safe and reliable service to our customers.” 

      Mark S. Lynch
      NYSEG and RG&E