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RPU raises over $26,000 for the United Way of Olmsted County

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) employees raised a resounding grand total of $26,776.32 for the local United Way over a five month long internal employee campaign.

 

The RPU campaign total far surpassed the original goal set at $25,200. Over 60 percent of RPU employees participated in the campaign. A number of events were held at RPU throughout the campaign to draw awareness and to make the fundraising fun and interactive for employees. A silent auction, lunch events, root beer floats, a bean bag competition, and a mini golf competition all contributed to the fun and fundraising.

 


Friendly bean bag competition


Root beer floats for the United Way

 

“Supporting the United Way of Olmsted County has been a tradition for RPU for many years. Through our fundraising campaign, we are helping to support many local programs and organizations that really make a positive difference in the community, said Larry Koshire, RPU General Manager.

 

To learn more about the United Way of Olmsted County visit www.uwolmsted.org or for more information on RPU 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 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  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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Pictures from RPU Day with the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

As part of celebrating Public Power Week, RPU staff volunteered to help the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity.

Neighborhood Energy Challenge- Residential Program Coming to Rochester

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Neighborhood Energy Challenge- Residential Program Coming to Rochester

 

Rochester, Minn.- Minnesota Energy Resources and Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) have teamed up with the Center for Energy and Environment through grants from the Joyce Foundation and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to offer Rochester homeowners a full service residential energy program, Neighborhood Energy Challenge 

Rochester homeowners and their entire family are invited to attend FREE workshops which will be held on September 23, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Folwell Elementary School gym and October 14, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.at the Bamber Valley Elementary School gym. Childcare will also be provided. Residents need to RSVP for either of the workshops by contacting Ashley Robertson at (888) 734-6365 arobertson@mncee.org.

“I hope that all residents of Rochester will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to be more green and energy efficient and save more green in their pocketbooks,” says general manager Larry Koshire, who hopes all homeowners will participate. 

At the workshop homeowners will be able to sign up for customized home energy visits from qualified professionals, who will install energy and money saving materials in the home as well as perform a blower door test. Participants will also receive personalized home energy tracking and feedback, which will allow the resident to track their energy use and learn how these materials result in savings.  Also, homeowners will receive information on innovative financing, incentives, rebates and stimulus funding opportunities. Up to $400 of services and materials for only a $40 co-pay per household.

To learn more about Neighborhood Energy Challenge program contact or visit Ashley Robertson at the Center for Energy and Environment at 888-734-6365 or arobertson@mncee.org. Information is also available on RPU’s website, 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 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  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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Geothermal lake plates being installed

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

If you’ve been out to Foster Arends Park lately, you’ve seen the dirt moving and the flags posted marking the north part of the property for the geo lake plate installation. When completed, the geo system will be capable of transfering up to 3 million BTU’s (energy) through the mixture of water and 30% propelyne glycol running through 30 exchange plates submerged in the lake. This is enough energy to provide heating and cooling for the new Rochester Public Works Transit Operations Center and the exisiting RPU Service Center.


One of the sets of the lake plates

A more efficient and environmentally friendly means of heating and cooling, the geo lake plate system will save the city of Rochester a substantial amount of energy and money each year of operation.


The lake plates have to be pulled to a designated location in the lake for a proper depth and year round temperature

RPU Bonus Rebates with Warners’ Stellian Extended For A Limited Time

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and Warners’ Stellian have extended their partnership to help save you money on Energy Star appliances. Now through December 31, 2009, when you purchase new ENERGY STAR® appliances at Warners’ Stellian, RPU will not only give you a rebate on your purchase, but for a limited time, Warners’ Stellian is also offering a $25 BONUS REBATE!

And because ENERGY STAR® products are up to 50% more efficient than standard models, you’ll continue to save money on your utility bills, and the energy you save will help our environment by using less of our valuable natural resources, indian tadalafil.

Download the complete brochure for details.