Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP)
As part of our commitment to provide safe, reliable service to all of our customers, RG&E proposes to invest approximately $250 million to upgrade our electricity transmission system in the Rochester region. This new project, known as the Rochester Area Reliability Project
, will be located in the towns of Chili, Gates, Henrietta and the City of Rochester, and will supply additional power to increase reliability and accommodate growth and economic development in the Rochester region.
During this project, 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.
We will also continue to provide updates on rge.com.
We hope you find these web pages informative.
The RARP is a multi-year, multi-million dollar project that includes:
- Building a new substation covering 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; and
- Improving existing substations in the towns of Gates and Henrietta and the City of Rochester.
View a project overview map here. (PDF)
Property and Easement Acquisitions
Construction and maintenance access for the proposed project will, to the extent possible, make use of existing roads and transmission rights of way. However, RG&E will need to acquire additional property rights, including fee interests, easements and licenses, along the RARP right of way.
Article VII Filing
On September 30, 2011, RG&E filed an Article VII application with the New York State Department of Public Service for approval of the proposed project. The application will
include descriptions of the facilities, maps and drawings of the locations, any environmentally sensitive areas, and any measures needed to reduce environmental impact.
The complete Article VII application may be viewed here.
You may also view the Article VII application in person at the following locations:
Estimated Project Duration
The approval process of our Article VII application continues. Currently, we expect to begin construction in the first quarter of 2014. Construction will take about 18-20 months and our goal is to have the project fully energized, tested and in service by the end of 2015.
- General Inquiries - please call the RARP infoline: 1.800.647.9899
- Government Officials - may contact Terry Lattimore: 1.800.647.9899
- Members of the Media - should call Dan Hucko: 585.724.8825