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RPU Receives Diamond RP3 Designation from American Public Power Association

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) received the 2019 Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond designation by the American Public Power Association (APPA). RPU was honored at the APPA Engineering and Operations Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, April 1, 2019.

The Diamond designation is the highest level achievable within the RP3 designation. RPU scored a total of 99.5 points out of a possible 100. RPU is one of only 254 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

Applications are reviewed by an 18-member panel of public power representatives nationwide.

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 13 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

Additional information regarding the APPA RP3 designation can be found at www.publicpower.org or by contacting 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 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: Apr 11, 2019 by Tony B | Comments (0)

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)

LIMITED TIME! Nissan LEAF $3,500 Special Rebate!

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)