The RPU service center will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 28 and 29. You can make a payment online (www.rpu.org) or by phone (855.210.2285) anytime. If you have an electrical outage or emergency contact RPU at 507.280.9191.
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at RPU!
Posted: Nov 27, 2013 by Tony B | Comments (0)
The Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) Board approved the 2014 budget including a rate increase of 3% in the electric utility and 1.5% in the water utility. The last electric rate increase was in 2009 and the last water rate increase was in 2007. The 2014 budget will require final approval from the City Council. If final approval is given, the budgets and rate increases will take effect on January 1, 2014.
“The RPU Board considered numerous budget scenarios, but settled on the one that they felt would best serve all of the RPU customers in 2014,” said general manager Larry Koshire.
With the rate increases applied, an average residential bill will increase $2.34 per month for electric service and $0.17 per month for water service. RPU can assist customers to help lower their electric and water usage through RPU’s Conserve & Save® rebate program for purchases of qualifying efficient equipment.
Final budget approval will be requested from the Rochester City Council on November 18 at 7 p.m.
For more information on RPU or the 2014 budget, please contact Tony Benson at 507-280-1534 or email at firstname.lastname@example.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 37,000. 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.
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 by Tony B | Comments (0)
It may be from a credit on your account or a rebate check that has not been cashed. These funds must be claimed soon or, by state law, the funds will be paid to the State of Minnesota. To see if you have unclaimed funds with RPU, click here to see the most updated list.
Make sure to have a recent RPU bill available to reference your Business Partner Number.
If you see your Business Partner Number listed, contact RPU at 507.280.1500.
Posted: Oct 23, 2013 by Tony B | Comments (0)
The next Neighborhood Energy Challenge is coming up on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 at Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center. Attend this FREE workshop on how to save energy in your home. Follow the link for more information about the Neighborhood Energy Challenge, view future dates, or to sign up. Space is limited!
Posted: Oct 10, 2013 by Tony B | Comments (0)
The annual drawdown of Lake Zumbro is scheduled to begin on October 26th. The drawdown is necessary for planned maintenance and shoreline restoration work. The public should be aware that the drawdown planned for this fall will be substantially greater than normal. A typical fall drawdown is less than two feet; whereas this year a four foot drawdown will be attempted. These plans are subject to change depending on rainfall and resulting runoff. RPU’s drawdown plan is as follows:
· Saturday, October 26th start the gradual drawdown from summer pool elevation 914.5 and continuing releasing water until a target elevation of 910.5 is achieved. If the weather cooperates, the target elevation could be reached by Monday, November 4th.
· Maintain the lake level at or about 910.5 from November 4th thru Sunday, November 10th.
· On Monday, November 11th the lake refilling will begin. The level would be slowly raised back up to normal winter pool at a rate no more than 0.5 feet per day while maintaining a minimum release of 70 cfs. We anticipate a minimum of 8 days will be required to raise the lake level to normal winter pool of 93.0 to minimize the impact on downstream resources.
The drawdown plan is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
During the months of November through March, Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will attempt to maintain the lake level within the winter pool range.
Real-time lake level information, along with Lake Zumbro hydro updates are available on the RPU web site (www.rpu.org). For additional information regarding the Zumbro Hydroelectric Facility please contact Tony Benson at (507) 280-1534.
Tips for lake ice safety:
Be extremely careful during winter activities that involve Lake Zumbro such as ice fishing, snowmobiling or just walking out on the frozen lake.
Watch the weather and river flow conditions.
Ice thickness and condition can vary greatly. Be very cautious.
Look out for ice heaves and exposed logs and snags.
Be cautious in the vicinity of the dam. De-icing equipment has been installed along the upstream face of the dam resulting in open water and/or thin ice.
Do not proceed past the warning signs and buoys.
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 47,000 customers. Water customers number more than 36,000. 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.
Posted: Sep 24, 2013 by Tony B | Comments (0)