When Energy East (formerly Rochester Gas & Electric) shifted its focus in Upstate New York from power generation to power distribution it had to shut down a major power generating station in Rochester. To replace the station’s electrical generating capacity, the company needed new and updated transmission/distribution facilities to serve the area. A major piece of the project was to test and commission new and upgraded substations without interrupting power to customers.
IBM was looking to upgrade the power backup systems for their 100,000 square foot customer data center facility in Greece, New York. A key aspect of the upgrade would be the installation and commissioning of a new emergency power distribution system to assure the facility would remain operational in the event of a power failure.
Cohocton Wind is a 125MW wind farm sited across the hilltops of a designated agricultural district in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region. The $150 million project involved installation of 50 Clipper Liberty 2.5MW Wind Turbines, two substations, transmission lines, and access roads. Cohocton Wind is owned and operated by Canandaigua Power Partners, an LLC created by developer First Wind. The site provides enough energy to supply 50,000 homes in the Northeastern US.
The Military Airport Program (MAP) uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian use. MAP is part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and provides a boost to civilian aviation capacity and capability. Griffiss International Airport, formerly Griffiss Air Force Base, is on the MAP project list and features a 12,000 foot long, 200 foot wide runway. Limited commercial activity makes this a niche airport for the general aviation community and a good “reliever” airport for Eastern New York State and New York City. To bring the facility up to FAA standards, this project was funded to upgrade the airport’s Navigation Aid Systems (NAVAIDS) to ensure safe and reliable operation as a civilian facility.
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is the Greater Rochester region’s largest employer with 20,000 employees and an annual operating budget of nearly $2 billion. URMC is comprised of several academic and health care delivery institutions that include The School of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and School of Nursing. The Center is one of the country’s top academic medical institutions with research funding ranking within the top 25% nationally for its School of Medicine and 12th highest on the list for its School of Nursing. The combined square-footage of URMC facilities exceeds 8 million.
South of Buffalo, New York, on an abandoned Bethlehem Steel plant site, eight 2.5MW Clipper wind turbines are producing power for the New York State Independent System Operator grid. Called “Steel Winds”, it was a $40 million clean energy project developed and owned jointly by BQ Energy and UPC Wind. The wind turbines (the largest manufactured in the U.S.) can produce 57,000 MW-Hours of electricity a year with the power sold both to individual companies and utilities. Steel Winds is said to be the largest U.S. wind farm developed in an urban setting and the first sited on the shores of Lake Erie.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Applied Science and Technology Building is the campus’s first green certified structure. At $10.6 million the contemporary 43,000 square foot facility was designed to meet LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). CAST was awarded Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Time Warner’s regional electrical facilities needed major upgrading to accommodate business growth and assure uninterrupted quality service to customers. The project was deemed ‘mission critical’—success being vital to the company’s goals and objectives in the region.
Bliss Wind Farm, a 100.5 megawatt wind power generation site, was the first of several wind farms recently developed in the Greater Niagra Region of Upstate New York. The site features 67 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines and represents a $200 million investment in clean, renewable energy funded by G.E. Energy Services and operated by Noble Environmental Power.