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Holiday Light Recycling is back!

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Recycle any and all of your old holiday lighting between now and January 31, 2020. Just drop your old lighting strands off at the RPU Service Center (4000 East River Road NE). The recycle bins are inside and to the left in the hallway near the restrooms.

What is accepted:

  • Holiday Lights – incandescent or LED (working or non-working)
  • Holiday Light Decorations

What is NOT accepted:

  • Appliance Cords
  • Battery Packs
  • CFL Lights
  • Cord Adaptors
  • Electric Cords
  • Plastic Rope Lights
  • Telephone Cords

RPU service center will be closed on December 24, 25, and 31

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will be closed on December 24, 25, and 31 in recognition of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Payments can be made anytime on the RPU website or via automated phone payment system at 1-855-210-2285.

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 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.



RPU Service Center Holiday Hours

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The RPU Service Center holiday hours for Christmas and New Year’s are:

December 23- Closing at noon
December 26- Closed
December 30- Closing at noon
January 2- Closed

RPU payments can be made anytime at

Road construction near RPU service center starting July 7

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Starting on Monday, July 7 road construction will begin along parts of East River Road in front of the RPU service center. The road construction project is scheduled to go through early November.

Access to the RPU service center will be available for a majority of the project. We will post any times that we are made aware of that will limit access. If you are visiting the RPU service center, please use additional caution in the work zone.

Please remember that you can pay your RPU bill, without having to come into the RPU service center.

Ways to pay your RPU bill

Pictures of the prescribed burn outside the RPU Service Center

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

A prescribed burn was facilitated today at the RPU Service Center as part of RPU’s efforts to maintain proper land management of natural/prairie grasses. Controlled burns have a number of important aspects; they reduce the buildup of fuel materials which decreases the likelihood of a serious uncontrolled burn, and also controlled burning stimulates the germination of new growth while inhibiting weed growth. The burn was managed and lead by professionals. Do not try to facilitate without the help of a trained professional.