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RPU warns of dangers associated with meter tampering

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is aware of a number of recent meter tampering incidents in Rochester. Tampering with or removing an electric meter is against the law and could be fatal.

In an effort to ensure safety for customers and RPU employees, RPU is asking all customers to visually inspect their meter for tampering or damage. If you feel that someone has tried to disconnect or damage your electric meter, please contact RPU at 507.280.1500 to have it inspected.

Never go near a meter that you suspect has been tampered with and never make contact with it or try to repair it yourself. RPU lineworkers and meter technicians are trained to safely work with meters and high voltage electricity.

 

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: Sep 20, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Call for Nominations: 2018 Environmental Achievement Awards

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission are calling for nominations for the 2018 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 5, 2018 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 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 07, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU to host an educational forum on utility rate structures

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will be hosting an educational forum on utility rate structures on Tuesday, July 24 at the RPU Service Center Community Room starting at 5:30pm. The goal of the forum is to educate customers about utility rate structures that have been used across the industry and the pros and cons associated with each.

Presenting at the forum will be Mike Bull, Director of Policy and External Affairs for Center of Energy and Environment, along with Mark Beauchamp of Utility Financial Solutions. The forum will also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the presentation and rate structures.

For more information on the educational forum, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534 or 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 50,000 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: Jul 16, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Former RPU Director of Power Resources/Customer Relations Receives APPA Individual Achievement Award

Former Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) Director of Power Resources/Customer Relations Wally Schlink received the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the electric utility and public power.

“We congratulate Wally on this much deserved award that recognizes his valuable contributions to RPU, the citizens of Rochester, and the broader public power community,” said Mark Kotschevar, General Manager for Rochester Public Utilities.

Schlink was active with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) along with serving on numerous boards including the APPA board of directors, the APPA DEED board and the Engineering and Operations section. He began working at RPU in June 1997 and retired in March 2018 finishing a 20 year career with the largest municipal utility in Minnesota.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU names Krista Boston new Director of Customer Relations

Krista Boston joins RPU with a close to 25-year career with the state focusing on services redesign and leadership in designing innovative services for  Minnesota citizens of many ages, abilities and backgrounds in partnership with counties, cities, nonprofits and providers of health and human services.

Boston has a law degree and maintains voluntary non-practice status.  Through her work at the state and in collaboration with many local partners, her career has focused on seeking ways to build service delivery models that help people get access to information to make important decisions, as well as get support and advocacy through a variety of means.  Her work includes websites, face to face programs, call center services and other ways to provide information that is easy to understand and accessible.  She sees this as key to her work at RPU leading the customer relations and marketing groups.

She was most recently the Director of Consumer Assistance Programs for the Minnesota Board on Aging and through that, and other roles, led visible projects over the years that included services redesign efforts for the elderly, children, people in crisis and veterans.  Boston is also an adjunct faculty at Metropolitan State University teaching instructional design and staff development.

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 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: May 24, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)