RG&E Begins Circuit Upgrades in Ogden and Spencerport

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

ROCHESTER, NY — February 3, 2021 — Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) announced today that it has recently begun circuit upgrades in Ogden and Spencerport on the company’s 5228 circuit, which delivers power to customers’ homes and businesses. Work will take place along Union Street, Washington Street, Gillett Road, Colby Street, Canal Road and Brockport Spencerport Road. The project will bring enhanced reliability to 1,670 customers and is expected to be completed by April. 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.
 
“RG&E is committed to continued investments to improve our systems and to ensure its resiliency against future storm events,” said Michele McDonald, Manager of Resiliency Field Projects at RG&E. “Our customers rely on us to provide them with the power that they need, when they need it. We take that responsibility seriously. This segment of the circuit was identified for upgrades after we evaluated its reliability metrics. These proactive upgrades will help provide more reliable service and help shorten outage duration if an incident occurs.”

The primary goals of the project are to make the grid more reliable and facilitate an effective and efficient response should outages occur. This will be achieved by upgrading equipment on the circuit, including installing 11 switches to give RG&E the ability to temporarily switch which circuit is powering a customers’ home or business. This will help provide quicker restoration times for customers when outages do occur. The project will also install seven SCADA switches, which will give RG&E increased information in real-time about why outages are occurring. Additionally, the project will replace 11 poles that have an average age of 75 years. The new poles will have a larger diameter to be more resilient to wind damage.
 
RG&E advises customers that temporary and minor traffic delay may occur during the project period. The company also asks that motorist use extra caution when near crews and work zones.

“Our RG&E crews will be seen working throughout the duration of this project,” said McDonald. “We thank our customers in advance for their attentiveness as they pass through work zones. This will allow crews to complete the upgrades safely and efficiently.” 

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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