RG&E Chooses Alternative for Station 43 Substation Improvements
RG&E’s evaluation of five potential alternatives determined that investments to upgrade the existing substation will provide the most cost-effective solution to improving the capacity and reliability of the local electric distribution system for the communities served by RG&E’s Station 43 substation.
We are committed to considering Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) solutions to electric capital investments where they are appropriate and cost-effective, and supporting principles from the New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) regulatory framework. NWA solutions utilize third-party Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to postpone certain traditional construction projects needed primarily to correct system overloading conditions and in some cases, system reliability issues. In 2016, NYSEG released the NWA Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the Java substation project and RG&E released the NWA RFP for the Station 43 project.
RG&E’s July 2016 Station 43 RFP requested NWA proposals from developers to address the distribution system upgrades needed to provide additional capacity and reliability for its Station 43 substation project. In October 2016, RG&E received four NWA proposals from developers, offering various alternative solutions to the traditional construction alternative.
RG&E has carefully reviewed these projects for technical feasibility, while at the same time monitoring the system loading and performance of the Station 43 substation. RG&E has decided that upgrading the existing substation will provide the most cost-effective solution to improving the capacity and reliability of the local electric distribution system for the communities served by Station 43. RG&E will therefore not pursue a NWA Project at its Station 43 substation.
We remain committed to developing NWAs where appropriate and cost-effective. As an example of this commitment, NYSEG will continue to develop the NWA opportunity currently in the planning phase for its Java substation in Western New York. This project is currently receiving final technical review and cost-effectiveness testing, and when those are successfully concluded, should move to construction for a projected in-service date of January 1, 2019. Additionally, we expect to publish a list of forward-looking NWA opportunities within the next few months.
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