RG&E Plans $250 Million Infrastructure Investment to Accommodate Growth and Improve Reliability
Includes New Substation and Transmission Lines in Western Monroe County, City
Rochester, NY – RG&E plans to invest approximately $250 million on the Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP), a major upgrade to its electricity transmission system in the region. The company proposes to build new transmission lines and a substation to increase capacity, improve reliability and accommodate growth and economic development in the City of Rochester and western Monroe County.
- Building a new substation on approximately 10 acres in the Town of Chili.
- Constructing 1.9 miles of new 345-kilovolt (kv) transmission line in the towns of Chili and Henrietta.
- Rebuilding/relocating 2.5 miles of an existing circuit located in a railroad right of way in the Town of Chili.
- Building 9.8 miles of 115-kv transmission line between the new substation in the Town of Chili and an existing substation in the Town of Gates.
- Building 11.3 miles of 115-kv transmission line to connect the new substation in the Town of Chili to our existing Station 23 in the
- City of Rochester, including a 1.1-mile section in the Town of Gates.
- Improvements to existing substations in the towns of Gates and Henrietta and the City of Rochester.
“This significant investment is another example of RG&E’s commitment to provide safe and reliable service to our customers,” said Mark S. Lynch, president NYSEG and RG&E. “It’s part of the RG&E and NYSEG plan to invest approximately $2 billion on infrastructure improvements in New York State from 2011 through 2015 to meet demand growth and improve system reliability.”
Article VII Application Filed
RG&E today filed an Article VII application with the New York State Department of Public Service for approval to construct the proposed transmission lines and related facilities. The application includes descriptions of the proposed facilities, any environmentally sensitive areas near the lines, maps and drawings of the proposed locations, and a description of any measures that will be taken to minimize the environmental impact of the construction. Copies of the application may be viewed at public libraries in the towns of Brighton, Chili, Gates, and Henrietta as well as the main Rochester Public Library.
Copies of the application are also available for public inspection at the Department of Public Service Offices in Albany (Office of Central Files, 14th Floor, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223) and our dedicated RARP website: www.rge.com/rarp.
Rights of Way
RG&E has designed this project to maximize use of existing rights of way and transportation corridors to the extent practical. Some new property easements will be required and discussions are underway with the affected property owners.
The Public Service Commission may take one year or more to review and rule on our Article VII application. Assuming it is approved within that timeframe; RG&E would start construction on the RARP in the spring of 2013 and expects it to be in service by winter 2014.
Public Information Meetings
RG&E will hold public information meetings or “open houses” to allow interested parties to gather more details and ask questions about this important project. The dates of those meetings have not yet been determined.
More Information Available
Call the RARP infoline: 1.800.647.9899
Details of this project, including maps and schedules are available
at our website: www.rge.com/RARP