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New Director of Core Services Hired

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) announced today the hiring of Sidney Jackson as the new Director of Core Services.

In his new role, Jackson will be responsible for operations in the water and electric utilities. This will include overseeing all electric distribution and transmission, water supply and its distribution, system operations and engineering.

Jackson comes to RPU with over 20 years of various utility experience with Ameren Energy and Xcel Energy including positions as a power plant maintenance engineer, Manager of Strategic Planning, several bulk electric system roles, and various Energy Trading and Portfolio Optimization roles.

Most recently, he served as the Director of Client Relations for MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) out of their St. Paul office.

Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. He also holds a NERC RC operating license.

The official start date for Jackson will be August 18.

 

About Rochester Public Utilities

 

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 120 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers. Water customers number more than 38,000. RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive. Current initiatives include smart grid, water sustainability, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

 

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Posted: Aug 15, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Electric Cost of Service Study

View the Electric Cost of Service Study, which was presented at the July 29, 2014 RPU board meeting. Customers are invited to provide feedback or comment on the study at the August 26 board meeting.

Posted: Jul 31, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hydrant Flushing routes starting July 23

Rochester Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants in the areas mapped below (within the red area) between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for approximately two weeks, beginning June 30. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.

During hydrant flushing operations, it is not unusual for customers to experience rusty water, and or pressure changes. Rusty water does not pose a health issue, but may affect the aesthetic quality of the water. Customers are encouraged to check their water for discoloration prior to using hot water or doing laundry, as rusty water may stain clothing. If rusty water is present, customers should flush their household plumbing by opening cold water taps and flushing until clear. Outdoor watering or using exterior hose outlets can also flush customer piping while still using water efficiently.

If you do experience any clothing staining, rust remover is available free of charge and can be delivered to you by calling RPU at 507-280-1500.

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hydrant Flushing week of June 30th

Rochester Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants in the areas mapped below (within the red area) between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for approximately two weeks, beginning June 30. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.

During hydrant flushing operations, it is not unusual for customers to experience rusty water, and or pressure changes. Rusty water does not pose a health issue, but may affect the aesthetic quality of the water. Customers are encouraged to check their water for discoloration prior to using hot water or doing laundry, as rusty water may stain clothing. If rusty water is present, customers should flush their household plumbing by opening cold water taps and flushing until clear. Outdoor watering or using exterior hose outlets can also flush customer piping while still using water efficiently.

If you do experience any clothing staining, rust remover is available free of charge and can be delivered to you by calling RPU at 507-280-1500.

Posted: Jun 30, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Road construction near RPU service center starting July 7

Starting on Monday, July 7 road construction will begin along parts of East River Road in front of the RPU service center. The road construction project is scheduled to go through early November.

Access to the RPU service center will be available for a majority of the project. We will post any times that we are made aware of that will limit access. If you are visiting the RPU service center, please use additional caution in the work zone.

Please remember that you can pay your RPU bill, without having to come into the RPU service center.

Ways to pay your RPU bill

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)