New Rockland Electric Substation, Circuit to Improve Service

Rockland Electric Company dedicated a new $20-million substation Monday on a three-acre parcel on Summit Avenue in Montvale.

The new substation will increase Rockland Electric’s ability to switch power from damaged circuits onto alternate circuits if necessary in a storm, and to help shoulder high summer electric demand loads from other Rockland Electric substations in the area.

The new major electric service and reliability improvement initiative is designed to assume the growing electric demand currently served by the existing Grand Avenue substation, which is scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of the year. The new Summit Avenue substation also is designed to provide increased capacity and support for several adjacent substations, including Burns, Upper Saddle River and Monsey.

Rockland Electric Company President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “This substation is the first substation designed under Rockland Electric’s post- Superstorm Sandy advanced storm-hardening criteria. In accordance with those new protocols, the electric circuits exit the substation underground to afford them and the substation greater storm protection. That means greater service reliability for our customers.”

Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali said, “This type of positive investment by the private sector is what helps to continue to make Montvale an attractive place for people and businesses to call home.”    

To further support the major electric service reliability and capacity initiative at the Summit Avenue substation, Rockland Electric has installed a new double circuit along Summit Avenue. That new $300,000 circuit will be made of storm resilient enhanced overhead spacer cable. The installation is designed with the manufacturer to provide maximum storm protection from tree and miscellaneous branch contact and lightning. 

This new substation facility is an entry point to bring more electricity into the area and to improve service reliability. The substation takes high voltage electricity from the 69kv transmission system that has run through this property for decades and converts that electricity to lower voltage so it can be delivered to local homes and businesses. 

Rockland Electric Company is an electric utility serving approximately 72,000 customers in parts of northern Bergen and Passaic counties and a small section of Sussex County in New Jersey. Rockland Electric is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., which in turn is owned by Consolidated Edison, Inc.