On September 30, 2011, RG&E filed an application with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need under Article VII of the Public Service Law for the Rochester Area Reliability Project. The application proposed the construction and operation of 1.9 miles of new 345-kV transmission line, 23.6 miles of new or rebuilt 115-kV transmission line, a new 345-kV/115-kV substation, and equipment upgrades at several existing substations, all in Monroe County, and equipment upgrades at two substations in Niagara County. See more
In December 2012, the applicants entered into settlement negotiations with a number of participants. After extensive and cooperative negotiations, a Joint Proposal was signed by RG&E, the Staff of the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. On December 12, 2012, RG&E filed the Joint Proposal (JP) with the PSC. The Joint Proposal contained Proposed Ordering Clauses that the parties recommended the PSC adopt, including clauses on public notice, health and safety, right-of-way restoration and protection of environmental resources. See more
On April 18, 2013, the PSC approved the terms and conditions of the Joint Proposal and granted RG&E a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need. The Order granting the Certificate was issued and effective April 23, 2013. See more
On August 15, 2013, the PSC issued an order for an additional review of the agricultural impacts of the siting of Station 255, which at that time was proposed to be located in the Town of Chili. See more On November 15, 2013, the PSC issued an order to reopen the record to reexamine the location of Station 255 and the routes of Circuits 40, 940 and 941. See more
On October 10, 2013, RG&E filed the EM&CP for Segment I with the PSC. Segment I of the Project includes substation construction/modifications at RG&E Stations 80, 418 and 23, and remote stations at Kintigh and Niagara. The EM&CP details the precise location of project facilities and precautions to ensure environmental compatibility.
The PSC issued an order approving the EM&CP for Segment I on December 19, 2013. RG&E commenced construction at Station 80 in October 2014. Construction of bay 4 in Station 80 was completed in April 2017. See more
On April 24, 2014, RG&E filed the EM&CP for Segment II with the PSC. Segment II of the Project includes construction of portions of new Circuits of 940 and 941 in the Towns of Gates and Chili, and the City of Rochester, running generally south to approximately Structure #39 In the Town of Chili, and for relocation of a portion of existing Circuit in the Town of Chili.
On May 8, 2014, RG&E filed a Petition for amendment of its Certificate involving proposed changes to sections of Circuits 940 and 941 of the Project. The proposed amendments included: change from underground to overhead crossing of Route I-490 by Circuit 940, change from overhead to underground crossing of National Grid lines by Circuit 941, and the addition of a 5th Bay to Station 80. See more
On July 21, 2015, the PSC issued an order granting amendments to the Article VII Certificate and approving the EM&CP for Segment II for construction of portions of new Circuits of 940 and 941 in the Towns of Gates and Chili, and the City of Rochester, running generally south to approximately Structure #39 In the Town of Chili, and for relocation of a portion of existing Circuit in the Town of Chili. The order allows construction to commence once a "Notice to Proceed with Construction” letter sent by the Chief of the Environmental Certification and Compliance Section of the Office of Electric, Gas and Water is received. A partial Notice to Proceed was received January 23, 2018, and approved activities involving the Ballantyne Road wetland mitigation site and Circuit 940 underground transmission line commenced shortly thereafter. See more
On September 15, 2016, the PSC issued an order adopting amendments to the Joint Proposal modifying the Article VII Certificate and addressing petitions for rehearing. This allowed RG&E to move forward on developing the EM&CP for Segment III, which includes Station 255, the routes of Circuits 940 and 941 in the southern portion of the route in Chili, and the route of Circuit 40 in the Town of Henrietta. See more
On October 16, 2017, RG&E filed the EM&CP for Segment III with the PSC. Segment III of the Project includes: (a) a new 345/115 kV air-insulated RG&E substation (Station 255) in the Town of Henrietta, (b) a new 345 kV RG&E transmission line between Station 255 and existing RG&E Station 80 (Circuit 40) in the Town of Henrietta, (c) new 115 kV RG&E transmission lines (Circuit 940 and Circuit 941) from Station 255 to Structure #39 on the Rochester & Southern Railroad right-of-way (ROW) in the Town of Chili, and (d) relocation of a portion of existing RG&E Circuit 906 to the eastern edge of the Rochester & Southern Railroad corridor to vacate the existing ROW for Circuits 940 and 941 in the Town of Chili.