RG&E reveals completed Rochester Area Reliability Project

Jennifer Ly
Created: April 06, 2021 06:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) Tuesday announced the completion and energization of its Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP).

The $389 million investment project led by RG&E and its parent company, AVANGRID, took 10 years to complete. It is intended to upgrade the electric transmission system in the Greater Rochester region while also preparing for future growth and economic development.

“We really looked at the grid that we built many years ago, and we looked at what’s needed both today and in the future to continue to provide,” said Carl A. Taylor, President and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.

“The other thing when you think about the future: We’re talking about electrifying, we’re talking about electric vehicles, we’re talking about more things being connected to the network," Taylor said. "Well, this really is the backbone that’s going to help make sure that we can provide that essential component to the electrification.”  

RARP is a new substation located in the Town of Henrietta (Station 255) with approximately 27.6 miles of new and rebuilt transmission lines in the City of Rochester and the towns of Gates, Chili and Henrietta. It also upgrades to three other existing substations.

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