As part of our commitment to provide safe, reliable service to all of our customers, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), in conjunction with its parent company AVANGRID, is making a significant investment to upgrade the electricity transmission system in the Rochester region. This project, known as the Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP), is located in the towns of Chili, Gates and Henrietta, and in the City of Rochester. This project will provide additional power to support growing demand, increase reliability, and accommodate economic development in the Greater Rochester region.
The RG&E service area has safe and reliable electric delivery, but continued growth and contingency scenarios are putting pressure on our transmission system, the backbone of our electricity delivery system. The region requires access to additional sources of electricity supply to ensure safe and reliable electricity delivery is maintained.
Benefits to Our Region:
The overall project involves the construction, reconstruction, operation, and maintenance of approximately 27.6 miles of 345- and 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines, improvements to three existing substations in the Towns of Gates and Henrietta, and the City of Rochester; the construction of one new 345-kV/115-kV substation (Station 255) in the Town of Henrietta off East River Road; and upgrades within the fenced-in areas to existing substations in the Towns of Lewiston and Somerset in Niagara County.
The project scope includes:
Most of the transmission lines will be above ground. Some portions of the new transmission lines, such as those near the airport, will be underground. Transmission lines will also be underground in some portions of the City of Rochester and the towns of Gates and Chili.
On September 29, 2011, RG&E filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval of the Rochester Area Reliability Project under Article VII of Public Service Law, and on April 23, 2013, the PSC issued an order granting a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility for the RARP.
Subsequently, RG&E filed Environmental Management and Construction Plans (EM&CP) for the project, detailing the precise location of project facilities and precautions to ensure environmental compatibility. The project was divided into three Segments and an EM&CP has been prepared and submitted for each Segment. Please see the Milestones page for more information regarding the Segments.
EM&CP Segments I and II for the Project have been approved by the Public Service Commission and work has commenced on components included in those Segments. Work on Segment III will commence after approval by the Public Service Commission of the EM&CP Plan for Segment III of the project. Segment III includes the portion of the project between Station 80 in the town of Henrietta and transmission structure 39 on the Rochester and Southern Railroad right-of-way in the Town of Chili.