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RPU March 26th Board Meeting moved to April 2nd

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) March 26th Board Meeting has been rescheduled to April 2nd. The meeting date has been rescheduled to ensure that a quorum of board members would be available.

The April 2nd Board Meeting will be held in the RPU Board Room at 4pm at the RPU Service Center.

Contact RPU Communications Coordinator Tony Benson (tbenson@rpu.org) for questions regarding the RPU Board Meeting date change.

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 54,000 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: Mar 22, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

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Posted: Mar 19, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

What icicles might be telling you

Icicles…beautiful, dangerous, and a sign of an inefficient building.

With February’s snow, just a brief drive around Rochester will reveal some really awe inspiring icicles. As amazing as they are, as the temperatures warm up, they can be dangerous if not deadly. They create falling hazards some icicles reaching weights of bowling balls and others of several concrete blocks. Please be aware of these dangers as your children are playing outside and you are walking around.

An icicle is formed by the melting and refreezing of snow on the roof.  Warm air from the house leaks to the underside of the roof melting the snow.  When the liquid water reaches the eaves and gutters, outside temperatures refreeze the water into ice, creating ice dams and icicles. The ice dams can cause damage to both the inside and outside of your home through the sheer weight and water infiltration as many will find out as we creep into spring.

Not only are they dangerous and damaging, but they are a sign of an inefficient building as well.  All of that heat used to melt the snow is coming from your building. This can be prevented with the right amount of insulation and air sealing. Getting an energy audit and contacting an insulation expert are the best ways to avoid problems in the future.

Posted: Mar 05, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU’s Rate Structure Survey FAQs

Q- Who is doing the survey?

Q- What is the point of the survey?

Q- What are the rate structures that GreatBlue Research will be asking about?


Q- What is the window of time that they will be calling RPU customers?

Q- How long will the phone survey take?

Q- How will I know if it is Great Blue Research calling me?

Q- What if I’m not able to find time to do a phone survey, but would like to provide feedback still?

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

All RPU customers urged to monitor the temperature of their water

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is starting to hear from customers that are concerned about their water service freezing this winter. Current frost depth is 32” as of January 25, 2019.

RPU advises these water customers to take the temperature of their water and then continue monitoring it until the frost is out of the ground. This is especially important for customers that have experienced froze water services in the past. Run an inside cold tap and hold a thermometer in the stream for 10-20 seconds for an accurate reading. If your water temperature gets below 35 degrees Fahrenheit, you should immediately start running a continuous pencil-width stream of water from a faucet.

Currently, MN DOT is recording the frost depth at 32 inches in Rochester and Olmsted County. Service lines are typically buried six feet (72”) or more below the ground from the street to the house. Thawing a frozen water service can cost $800- $1,500. The cost to run a constant pencil-width stream of water is approximately $60- $100 per month including sewer fees. If you are going to be letting your water run, please contact RPU at 507.280.1500.

All businesses and residence types could be affected. The age of your home does not matter.

View Rochester’s real-time frost level graph at www.rpu.org. For more information, please contact Tony Benson at 507-280-1534 or email at tbenson@rpu.org.

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 53,000 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 fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

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Posted: Jan 25, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)