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RPU crew that went to help with Hurricane Irma restoration to be available to media on Tuesday, September 26

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) crew of lineworkers that went to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma power restoration will be available to meet and share their experience with the media on Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30pm.

The RPU lineworkers left on Saturday, September 9th along with crews from over 15 other Minnesota municipal utilities and returned back to Rochester on Thursday, September 21st. The restoration effort began in Kissimmee, FL and then moved onto Lake Worth, FL who was also hit hard by hurricane damage.

According to the Kissimmee Utility Authority, at the peak of the storm over 38,000 of their 72,000 customers were without power.

The special media event will be held in the Community Room at the RPU Service Center before the RPU Board Meeting.

For more information, 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 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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RPU to send crew to Kissimmee, Florida to help with Hurricane Irma response

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will send a crew of lineworkers to Kissimmee, Florida to help with the Hurricane Irma response. The lineworkers plan to leave on Saturday morning and could be away for up to three weeks depending on hurricane damage and crew response for restoration efforts.

The RPU crew will leave from the RPU Service Center along with approximately 15 other Minnesota municipal line crews, before heading to meet with Wisconsin crews on their way south to Florida. The RPU crew will bring along a bucket truck with a 55 foot boom and a digger derrick truck used for setting utility poles.

The media is invited to meet with the RPU crew before they depart on Saturday morning. Interested media outlets can arrive at the RPU Service Center gate along East River Road at 8:30 a.m. No admittance will be permitted after 8:30 a.m.

RPU will share updates and photos from the crew on their Facebook page. For more information regarding the response effort, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534 or 507.398.7250 (cell).

 

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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Pictures from Long Island, NY

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Crews depart to help with power restoration efforts in Long Island, New York

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

An RPU crew along with crews from eight other Minnesota utilities left today for Long Island, New York to help with power restoration efforts.

According to a news release from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), approximately 642,000 customers remained without power as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2. LIPA reached out to the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association for mutual aid assistance and had nine utilities answer the call. No return date has been set for the crews. Depending on the damage and work needed, crews could be in long Island, NY for an extended period of time.

RPU will try to post updates from the crews and photos as they are made available.

Crews heading to Long Island, NY

– Rochester Public Utilities
– Austin Utilities
– St. Peter Electric Utilities
– Brainerd Public Utilities
– Willmar Utilities
– Grand Rapids Public Utilities
– Chaska Electric Department
– Owatonna Public Utilities
– Hutchinson Utilities


The crews headed to Long Island, NY

RPU line workers return after helping with restoration efforts in Austin, MN

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Four RPU line workers and two line trucks returned safely, this weekend, after helping to restore power in Austin, MN. Electric service was knocked out in Austin late last week after severe weather swept through southern Minnesota. The line workers worked much on Friday and Saturday helping to restore power and to fix the damaged infrastructure.