RG&E Energizes New Substation in Downtown Rochester
Facility Helps Continue Renaissance in High Falls District
Rochester, NY – After five years of planning and construction, RG&E has completed and energized a new electric substation in Rochester’s High Falls District. The new Station 137 serves electricity customers in the City of Rochester and replaces outdated facilities on the 25-acre Beebee Station site.
The new substation will enhance the reliability of RG&E’s electricity delivery system, while maintaining the aesthetics of the High Falls District. RG&E demolished some structures, removed various electrical equipment and cables, and took down two 280-foot brick chimneys to make room for the new facility that is now hidden behind a decorative fence on the Beebee Station property. RG&E installed low-noise, residential type transformers to help keep noise in the neighborhood to a minimum. As part of the project, RG&E also built a “pocket park” at the Mill Street entrance to the High Falls District.
“This new facility is a significant improvement,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “The substation’s state-of-the-art technology enhances the reliability of our electricity service in the heart of Rochester; and its thoughtful design and construction help maintain the natural aesthetics of the High Falls District.”
The approximately $27 million substation project included:
• Installing new transformers.
• Relocating 20 new circuits and spares.
• Installing a 43,000-square-foot switchyard and building new cable ducts.
• Interconnecting seven other substations to the new facility via cabling and high-speed communications links.
“This project was a great team effort,” Lynch said. “And it is one more example of the major investments we are making in critical infrastructure to help ensure continued safe, reliable service and to meet demand growth. From 2011 through 2015, NYSEG and RG&E – with support from our parent company Iberdrola USA – plan to invest approximately $2 billion in our infrastructure in upstate New York.”