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2016 “Be Bright” ENERGY STAR® LED Campaign

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Be Bright this fall! Through December 31, while supplies last, our residential electric customers are eligible for reduced pricing on ENERGY STAR® qualified LED light bulbs at participating local and area retailers, for as little as $0.99 each. Rochester retailers this year include Arrow Ace Hardware, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Sam’s Club, and Walmart.

ENERGY STAR-labeled LEDs use 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs – but less watts doesn’t mean less light! LEDs produce bright light for less cost because they use less electricity and last longer than incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs – saving time and money on replacements.

By replacing the five most used bulbs in your home with energy-efficient LEDs, you can save about $40 in energy costs during the first year alone. LEDs also produce less heat than incandescents – improving safety.

While these financial savings are a big draw, LEDs also offer environmental benefits to help make our community a little greener.

Remember, supplies are limited, so get your discounted LEDs before they sell out! Visit www.rpu.org for the entire retailer list. Discounted LEDs purchased during this promotion are not eligible for our LED rebate program.

Posted: Sep 26, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Well #41 Goes in-Service

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) held a ribbon cutting for the new Well #41 in southeast Rochester and placed it in-service as RPU’s newest water supply facility.

The new 470’ deep Jordan Aquifer well pumps water directly into the Main Level Service Area and is located just east of the Rochester Community and Technical College.  In the future, Well #41 will also have the ability to pump boosted pressure water into the Rose Harbor High Level System.

The well was constructed by EH Renner & Sons. The Well house that encloses the well was constructed by Alvin E. Benike, Inc. Total Cost of the well/well house was approximately $850,000.

Currently, Well #41 produces approximately 1,000 gallons per minutes (gpm).  As growth continues in the SE area, Well #41 can increase its production up to 1,800 gpm.  Prior to pumping water into the system, Well #41 receives the addition of chlorine (for disinfection), fluoride (prevention of tooth decay) and a polyphosphate blend (for corrosion Control).

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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 39,000.  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 13, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

See how a water tower is built in 2 minutes!

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Nominate Your Environmental Hero!!

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission are calling for nominations for the 2016 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 21, 2016 to Brittney Marschall (marschall.brittney@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: Aug 10, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hear what RPU’s GM Mark Kotschevar has to say about his participation in Project Climate Smart Municipalities

Posted: Aug 09, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)