Rochester Gas and Electric

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Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) is a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. RG&E serves 359,000 electricity customers and 296,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester in upstate New York.[1] In September 2008 RG&E and New York State Electric & Gas were acquired by the Spanish company Iberdrola S.A. for $4.6 billion, as part of its acquisition of Energy East.[2]

Existing Coal Plants

Plant Name State Year(s) Built Capacity
Russell Station NY 1948, 1950, 1953, 1957 253 MW

Coal Plant Closure

In February 2008, addressing violations of New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo reached a settlement with RG&E requiring the company to shut down its coal-burning Russell power plant in the Town of Greece. The agreement mandates that if RG&E replaces the plant, it must be with a more efficient, cleaner, lower carbon dioxide-emitting natural gas plant. The settlement also requires RG&E to pay a civil penalty of $200,000 to New York State and $500,000 to fund air pollution reduction projects in Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, and Livingston counties.[3]

Contact Information

Rochester Gas and Electric
89 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14649
Phone: 800.743.2110

Articles and Resources


  1. "RG&E and The State Settle Dispute Regarding Russell Station" Rochester Gas and Electric Press Release, February 20, 2008.
  2. "PSC OKs sale of RG&E's parent, Energy East, to Iberdrola" Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News, September 4, 2008.
  3. "Cuomo Announces Settlement to Close Rochester Gas & Electric's Coal-Burning Russell Power Plant" Office of the Attorney general Media Center, February 20, 2008.

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