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Solar agreement for 10 MW solar farm

At Tuesday’s RPU Board Meeting, the board approved an agreement for a 10 megawatt (MW) solar farm to be built locally from which RPU would buy the energy output from.

The impact to RPU customers once the solar farm goes commercial in late 2021 would be approximately $0.47 per month to an average residential customer.

This agreement will be on the December 2, 2019 Rochester City Council Meeting Agenda for final approval. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to your City Council Member or attend the December 2 meeting.

For more details, please visit the Rochester City Council web page.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Holiday Light Recycling is back!

Recycle any and all of your old holiday lighting between now and January 31, 2020. Just drop your old lighting strands off at the RPU Service Center (4000 East River Road NE). The recycle bins are inside and to the left in the hallway near the restrooms.

What is accepted:

What is NOT accepted:

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Temporary bike trail closure

The bike trail under the bridge along 6th Street SE between 9th and 10th Avenue SE will be closed from Monday, November 18-22nd.  

This closure is necessary to allow for a water main repair in the direct vicinity of the trail. The work is expected to take a week to complete.

For additional questions regarding the work, please contact Tony Benson or Wade Neubauer at RPU by calling 280.1500.

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 55,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 40,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.

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Posted: Nov 15, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

2020 Rate Change Notification

Posted: Nov 06, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Lake Zumbro Hydro Drawdown Draws Near

The winter drawdown of Lake Zumbro will begin mid-November lowering lake level to 913.0 MSL.  Due to dredging and maintenance repairs, the winter drawdown will occur later than normal.  These plans are subject to change depending on the completion of the dredging & repair project and precipitation.

During the period of mid-November through March, Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will attempt to maintain the lake level at the winter pool of 913.0 MSL.

Real-time lake level information, along with Lake Zumbro hydro updates are available on the RPU web site (www.rpu.org). For additional information regarding the Zumbro Hydroelectric Facility please contact Tony Benson at (507) 280-1534.

Tips for lake ice safety:

Be extremely careful during winter activities that involve Lake Zumbro such as ice fishing, snowmobiling or just walking out on the frozen lake.

Watch the weather and river flow conditions.

Ice thickness and condition can vary greatly. Be very cautious.

Look out for ice heaves and exposed logs and snags.

Be cautious in the vicinity of the dam. De-icing equipment has been installed along the upstream face of the dam resulting in open water and/or thin ice.

Do not proceed past the warning signs and buoys.

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 55,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 40,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)