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RPU November 13 Board Meeting Moved to November 20

The RPU Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 13th has been moved to Tuesday, November 20th. The agenda will be dedicated to the 2019 budget, which includes the proposed rate adjustments for 2019 for both electric and water.

The November 20th meeting will be held at the usual time of 4pm in the RPU Board Room at the RPU Service Center. All RPU Board Meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment at the beginning of each meeting.

For more information regarding RPU Board Meetings, 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 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: Nov 09, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Presentations available from 10/30/2018 RPU Board Meeting and Study Session

October 30, 2018 RPU Board Meeting

2019 Budget Presentation

Board Study Session Rate Structure Presentation

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

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)