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Lake Zumbro Hydro Drawdown Schedule Revised

New drawdown schedule

The annual drawdown of Lake Zumbro is scheduled to begin on October 28th. The drawdown is necessary for planned maintenance and shoreline restoration work.  The public should be aware that the drawdown planned for this fall will be substantially greater than normal.  A typical fall drawdown is less than two feet; whereas this year a seven foot drawdown will be attempted.  These plans are subject to change depending on rainfall and resulting runoff.  RPU’s drawdown plan is as follows:


The drawdown plan is subject to change depending on weather conditions.

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

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 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  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 17, 2017 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU crew that went to help with Hurricane Irma restoration to be available to media on Tuesday, September 26

The Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) crew of lineworkers that went to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma power restoration will be available to meet and share their experience with the media on Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30pm.

The RPU lineworkers left on Saturday, September 9th along with crews from over 15 other Minnesota municipal utilities and returned back to Rochester on Thursday, September 21st. The restoration effort began in Kissimmee, FL and then moved onto Lake Worth, FL who was also hit hard by hurricane damage.

According to the Kissimmee Utility Authority, at the peak of the storm over 38,000 of their 72,000 customers were without power.

The special media event will be held in the Community Room at the RPU Service Center before the RPU Board Meeting.

For more information, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534.

 

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 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  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: Sep 22, 2017 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Proposed rates notification 9-1-17

Posted: Sep 12, 2017 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Call for Nominations: 2017 Environmental Achievement Awards

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission are calling for nominations for the 2017 Environmental Achievement Awards. The awards honor individuals, organizations, schools and businesses that have made a significant environmental contribution over the past year in Rochester or Olmsted County.

Award categories include: climate change, education, renewables, sustainable food production, conservation, energy, water, and other.

Since 1992, the awards have recognized the positive environmental impact of over 100 Olmsted County and Rochester community members and groups.

To submit a nomination or to see a list of past recipients, go to www.rpu.org. Completed nominations are due by Friday, October 6, 2017 to Anthony Wittmer (wittmer.anthony@co.olmsted.mn.us).

 

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 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  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: Sep 12, 2017 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU to send crew to Kissimmee, Florida to help with Hurricane Irma response

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will send a crew of lineworkers to Kissimmee, Florida to help with the Hurricane Irma response. The lineworkers plan to leave on Saturday morning and could be away for up to three weeks depending on hurricane damage and crew response for restoration efforts.

The RPU crew will leave from the RPU Service Center along with approximately 15 other Minnesota municipal line crews, before heading to meet with Wisconsin crews on their way south to Florida. The RPU crew will bring along a bucket truck with a 55 foot boom and a digger derrick truck used for setting utility poles.

The media is invited to meet with the RPU crew before they depart on Saturday morning. Interested media outlets can arrive at the RPU Service Center gate along East River Road at 8:30 a.m. No admittance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m.

RPU will share updates and photos from the crew on their Facebook page. For more information regarding the response effort, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534 or 507.398.7250 (cell).

 

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 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  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: Sep 08, 2017 by Tony B | Comments (0)