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$17 million for new Henrietta transformer included in passed State Senate budget

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — Thursday, the New York State Senate passed it’s one-house budget.
Included in the budget is $17 million allocated to buying the town of Henrietta a new transformer.

In January, News 8 brought you this exclusive story, that all future development in the town was on hold because of a lack of available new power.

Henrietta supervisor: Development on hold due to no new available power

Town supervisor Steve Schultz told News 8 that a new substation was built without a transformer that would have given them that power.

He said in January that one major development — earmarked for a new parcel south of RIT that the town is working to develop — has already packed up and left for another state because of this issue.

“These companies looking for a location, they need to expand now, they can’t wait,” Schultz said. “So they’re going to find some other location, and unfortunately a lot of times it’s no longer in Monroe County. It’s not just Henrietta that’s affected. All those places generate sales tax, they generate mortgage, property tax… A lot of is Henrietta-centric, but a lot of is county-wide.”

Beyond businesses, Schultz estimates over 1,000 new housing units and 250 jobs could be on hold because of this issue.

RG&E had said that the transformer would need to be custom-made, and a conservative estimate until installation was three to four years.

President and CEO of RG&E and NYSEG Trish Nilsen says these are complex and custom units, and are not “plug and play;” and require years and millions of dollars to make, ship, and install. Supply chain issues have also caused a delay.

“We’re putting in our rate design, we will put in the proposed project cost that we had, and its based on current energy growth and projected use,” said the president of RG&E Trish Nilsen.

A spokesperson afterwards clarified that RG&E purchases transformers on a per-project basis.

For this money to go through, the House needs to pass their budget, then it goes to the governor for approval. The budget is due April 1.

Stick with News 8 on this developing story

​ HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — Thursday, the New York State Senate passed it’s one-house budget.Included in the budget is $17 million allocated to buying the town of Henrietta a new transformer.

In January, News 8 brought you this exclusive story, that all future development in the town was on hold because of a lack of available new power.
Henrietta supervisor: Development on hold due to no new available power
Town supervisor Steve Schultz told News 8 that a new substation was built without a transformer that would have given them that power.

He said in January that one major development — earmarked for a new parcel south of RIT that the town is working to develop — has already packed up and left for another state because of this issue.

“These companies looking for a location, they need to expand now, they can’t wait,” Schultz said. “So they’re going to find some other location, and unfortunately a lot of times it’s no longer in Monroe County. It’s not just Henrietta that’s affected. All those places generate sales tax, they generate mortgage, property tax… A lot of is Henrietta-centric, but a lot of is county-wide.”

Beyond businesses, Schultz estimates over 1,000 new housing units and 250 jobs could be on hold because of this issue.

RG&E had said that the transformer would need to be custom-made, and a conservative estimate until installation was three to four years.

President and CEO of RG&E and NYSEG Trish Nilsen says these are complex and custom units, and are not “plug and play;” and require years and millions of dollars to make, ship, and install. Supply chain issues have also caused a delay.

“We’re putting in our rate design, we will put in the proposed project cost that we had, and its based on current energy growth and projected use,” said the president of RG&E Trish Nilsen.

A spokesperson afterwards clarified that RG&E purchases transformers on a per-project basis.

For this money to go through, the House needs to pass their budget, then it goes to the governor for approval. The budget is due April 1.

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