RG&E Completes Circuit Upgrades in Greece

Resiliency investments to bring enhanced reliability to more than 1,600 customers

ROCHESTER, NY — December 18, 2020 — Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) announced today that it has recently completed circuit upgrades in Greece on Latta Road, Island Cottage Road and Mount Read Blvd on the company’s 5255 circuit, which delivers power to customers’ homes and businesses. The project will bring enhanced reliability to 1,604 customers. It is part of the company’s Resiliency Program which proactively hardens the company’s systems to continue providing safe and reliable service to all customers.
“I’m very happy to have worked with RG&E to help bring these important enhancements to our residents here in Greece. When challenging events like the wind storm of 2017 impacted our community, we responded with every resource at our disposal to aid and assist our neighbors and families. We then got to work on formulating our own resiliency goals as part of our Town Comprehensive Plan that was approved earlier this year," said Greece Town Supervisor Reilich. "I commend RG&E on the completion of this project and will continue to offer our support as they further invest in the safety and viability of their system here in the Town of Greece."

The primary goal of the project was to make the grid more reliable and decrease the number of customers impacted by outage-causing incidents. This was achieved by upgrading equipment on the circuit by installing three switches. This equipment provides RG&E with the ability to temporarily switch which circuit is powering a customers’ home or business. That will result in quicker restoration times for customers when outages do occur. 

“Our primary duty as a utility is to provide our customers with safe and reliable service year-round,” said Andy Gumkowski, Manager of Resiliency Field Projects at RG&E. “This is an important responsibility and requires continued investments in our systems, like those made on the 5225 circuit in Greece. With these upgrades, our customers can count on more reliable service for their homes and businesses.”

The 5255 circuit project in Greece began in early July. It is one of the several local resiliency investments RG&E is making to reduce the number and duration of outages during extreme weather and to enable an efficient and effective response when outages do occur. The company also recently completed resiliency upgrades in Webster on Hatch, Ridge, Five Mile Line, and Klem Roads on its 5240 circuit.
RG&E is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. 

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About RG&E: Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1848, RG&E operates approximately 8,800 miles of electric distribution lines and 1,100 miles of electric transmission lines. It also operates approximately 10,600 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 105 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 378,500 electricity customers and 313,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region in New York surrounding the City of Rochester. For more information, visit rge.com

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com

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