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Facts about the Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP)

ROCHESTER AREA RELIABILITY PROJECT (RARP)

  • A $254 million investment in the electric infrastructure that serves 100's of thousands of our customers in the Rochester region.


WHY NOW?

  • Growing demand is putting pressure on our transmission system, the backbone of our electricity delivery system.
  • The transmission system needs to be updated and the region needs access to an additional source of electricity supply to ensure continued safe, reliable electricity delivery as well as provide opportunities for economic development and job creation.
  • The RARP’s new transmission lines and substation will increase the capacity as well as the reliability of the system. The project will also help reduce the scope, frequency and duration of major outages, and it will help lessen the effects if one of the region’s other power sources becomes unavailable.


PROJECT DESIGN

  • The preferred routes of the RARP transmission lines were carefully chosen to follow, as much as possible, existing rights of way and transportation corridors.  
  • Most of the transmission lines will be above ground. Some portions of the new transmission lines, such as those near the airport, will be underground. Transmission lines will also be underground in some portions of the City of Rochester and the towns of Gates and Chili.
  • Because we could not use 100% existing rights of way, we will need to obtain some additional property rights.

 

LOCAL INVESTMENT AND JOBS

  • The $254 million project would be one of the largest investments in the region’s history and create up to 70 new jobs during  its 18 -24 month construction. It is also our second major investment/upgrade in the local transmission system in the last 10 years. 
  • This investment will boost the value of our properties and increase the amount of local taxes we pay - benefiting the communities where the project will be built.


IMPACT on ELECTRICITY DELIVERY RATES

  • We will finance this project as it unfolds. Ultimately, all ratepayers in RG&E’s nine-county service area will share these costs as determined by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC).
  • The project should have no major impact on electricity rates.
  • The cost of infrastructure maintenance and investments in safety and reliability have always been built into rates. This project is a continuation of that model.


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