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Lake Zumbro Hydro Drawdown Draws Near

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2018
CONTACT:            Tony Benson
Communications Coordinator
507-280-1534
tbenson@rpu.org

Lake Zumbro Hydro Drawdown Draws Near

ROCHESTER, MN—The annual drawdown of Lake Zumbro is scheduled to begin on October 27th. 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:

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 at the winter pool of 913.0.

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 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 fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

 

 

 

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Posted: Oct 09, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

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)