Energy East to upgrade hydroelectric plants

6 April 2007 -- Energy East Corp.'s subsidiary Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Station 2 and Station 5 hydroelectric plants on the Genesee River in Rochester. The investment will result in additional generating capacity of 9 MW at the two plants that currently have a combined generating capacity of approximately 49 MW.

Most of the work will take place at Station 2 at High Falls. Planning will begin in 2007 to double the size of the facility and its current 6.5 MW generating capacity. This work is expected to be complete in 2009. In addition, the existing generator at the plant will be rewound to make it more efficient, netting an additional generating capacity of 1 MW. This work will be done in 2008.

RG&E also plans to rewind a generator and complete related work at Station 5 at Middle/Lower Falls next summer. This project will add approximately 1.5 MW of generating capacity at the plant.

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