O&R’s New $38m Substation to Improve Electric Service Reliability; Project Helps Get More Renewables, Advanced Tech onto Grid

Orange & Rockland (O&R) will begin work in December on a $38.2 million project designed to improve electric service reliability in the city and surrounding area for approximately 7,700 customers, by replacing its existing electric substation in the city with a new, larger, modern substation.

That new facility will help O&R better serve its customers’ needs in the area. It will offer more switching options to help restore service interruptions more quickly, and it will allow O&R to better integrate renewable energy and advanced technologies onto the power grid.

This project will be set in the same vicinity as the existing facility on West Main Street and Clark Street.

O&R estimates the new Port Jervis substation will, under current rates, result in approximately $1.9 million in increased tax revenues to the city and its schools each year. This project’s in-service date is June 2021.

Here’s an estimated time frame for major steps of the project:

  • Begin removal of the substation -- December 2019
  • Site preparation, grading and foundation work -- May 2020 through September 2020
  • Transformers and Control Building installation -- December 2020
  • Construction of electric portions of the new substation -- January 2021 through June 2021
  • Energize new substation -- June 30, 2021
  • Site landscaping -- July through Dec 2021
  • Site restoration and final landscaping -- January 2022

Here are potential impacts to the community:

  • Traffic/lane closures on West Main St and Clark St -- early 2020
  • Rock removal by mechanical means --- March through September 2020
  • Increased construction vehicle traffic to the area – 2020 through 2021

O&R has secured all required regulatory approvals and environmental permits for this project, and public officials have been briefed. The contractor crews will be performing the work generally between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Traffic control flaggers, cones and signs will be fully deployed for workplace safety as necessary.

O&R has made investments totaling over $145 million this year to fortify and improve the reliability of its electric system. That investment builds on the nearly $1 billion O&R has invested over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.

About Orange & Rockland
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.