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All eligible RPU residential water service customers to be enrolled into RPU’s Service Assured® Water Service Repair Coverage Program on January 1

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will transition all eligible residential water service customers into RPU’s Service Assured® Water Service Repair Coverage Program starting on January 1, 2022.

RPU’s Service Assured® Water Service Repair Coverage Program protects homeowners from costly water service repairs in the event that the service has a failure due to old age, improper installation, corrosion, freezing, or valve failure.

The expansion was approved as a part of RPU’s and the City of Rochester’s 2022 budget process. All eligible RPU residential water customers that are not already enrolled in the program will automatically be added and billed $1.99 per month. 

With this new expanded program, RPU will be able to quickly address costly water service repairs with no hassle or worry to customers.

Any customers wishing to not receive the Service Assured® Water protection may opt out of the program by calling RPU Customer Care at 507-280-1500 or by visiting www.rpu.org to complete and submit an opt-out form. However, those customers choosing to opt-out will not be allowed back on the program for 12 months, even if a costly repair is needed. Any repair will be at the customer’s expense if you are not enrolled in the program.

Service Assured® Electric coverage will continue to be an opt-in coverage for underground residential electric service protection. For additional information on RPU’s Service Assured® Underground Service Repair Coverage, please visit www.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 56,000 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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RPU Proposed Rate Increase for 2022

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

On August 31 2021, the RPU Utility Board directed staff to give public notice of the proposed increase to general electric rates and general water rates for 2022 by 2.5% (3.5% for residential electric customers) in the paper of record. 

Changes in the electric rates will result in an average monthly increase of $2.29 for the average residential customer.

Changes in the water rates will result in an increase of $0.57 for the average residential water customer. 

Public comment on the proposed rates will be taken at the September 28, 2021, and October 26, 2021 RPU Board Meetings prior to the Board voting on the proposed budget and rate increase. If approved, the Board will recommend approval by the City Council which is currently scheduled on December 6, 2021.

Please contact Tony Benson at 507-280-1534 or email at tbenson@rpu.org.

See full notification below:

Solar agreement for 10 MW solar farm

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

At Tuesday’s RPU Board Meeting, the board approved an agreement for a 10 megawatt (MW) solar farm to be built locally from which RPU would buy the energy output from.

The impact to RPU customers once the solar farm goes commercial in late 2021 would be approximately $0.47 per month to an average residential customer.

This agreement will be on the December 2, 2019 Rochester City Council Meeting Agenda for final approval. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to your City Council Member or attend the December 2 meeting.

For more details, please visit the Rochester City Council web page.

2020 Rate Change Notification

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

RPU Board selects 100% renewable energy by 2030 scenarios

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) Utility Board selected two Resource Plan scenarios that include 100% renewable energy by 2030 at the July 23rd RPU Utility Board Meeting.

After a presentation of scenario options and costs of varying renewable energy levels and resources, the RPU Utility Board voted unanimously to direct staff to further pursue two 100% renewable scenarios, one including a peaking generator and one involving battery storage.

This historic vote comes after significant engagement with Rochester citizens, along with many hours of work and research by RPU staff.

“RPU prides itself on its commitment to work with the Rochester community and to be good stewards of resources. Today’s decision to go to 100% renewable energy by 2030 is a testament to the commitment by  RPU Board, RPU staff, and Rochester citizens working together to find the best outcome for all,” said RPU General Manager Mark Kotschevar.

Rochester joins the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and St. Louis Park as Minnesota cities committed to 100% renewable energy.

The Resource Plan scenarios selected call for RPU to meet all of its energy needs through 100% renewable energy sources and remaining capacity requirements with either a new 220 megawatt natural gas powered facility or battery storage.

The Resource Plan presentation is available on the RPU website at www.rpu.org. For additional questions, 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 55,000 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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