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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)

Rochester city water continues to be safe to drink

 

With recent media reports about discolored water at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys campus, Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) confirms that Rochester water is safe to drink.

RPU is confident that the issue is internal to the campus. RPU and Saint Marys officials will continue to address the discoloration issue and work to determine the cause.

The water concern was brought to RPU’s attention mid-morning on April 30. The concern was regarding sediment and rust or black colored water showing up in sinks and toilets at Saint Marys campus. In order to verify that it was isolated to the Saint Marys campus, RPU flushed the areas surrounding the campus immediately and found no discolored water.

For additional information regarding RPU water, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534.

 

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 01, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held on April 27

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), with partners Maier Tree & Lawn and Rochester Parks & Recreation, will host the 16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Three Links-Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester.

The fun and free community event will feature a variety of activities and displays that will include: A tree giveaway (while supplies last), a free lunch of hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, cookies, and soda will be provided (while supplies last), and live music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music. Tree experts will also be on hand to answer questions on tree planting and care, along with many other vendor displays.

Children will be able to enjoy Smokey Bear, balloonists, apple toss game, temporary tattoos, bean bag toss, and much more!

At noon, an awards ceremony will honor Rochester elementary school students who were selected as finalists of the Arbor Day poster contest, as well as this year’s overall winner, Sophia Kozlowski, a 4th grader at Bamber Valley Elementary. Nicole will receive a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, her winning poster will be featured in RPU’s 2019 calendar, and a tree will be planted in her honor at Bamber Valley Elementary School. This year’s poster contest theme was “Trees Clean the Air We Breathe!”

Co-Sponsors of this year’s event include: Hy-Vee, Jim Whiting Nursery & Garden Center, Minnesota Energy Resources, Sargent’s Gardens, and Seneca Foods.

Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, Saint Mary’s University-Cascade Meadow, Water Reclamation Plant, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.

In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to Rochester Community & Technical College’s Field House.

 

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: Apr 26, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)