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New Director of Compliance and Public Affairs Hired

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) announced today the hiring of Steven Nyhus as the new Director of Compliance and Public Affairs.

Nyhus comes to RPU with over 15 years of experience assisting local governments and industries with water quality and energy compliance matters.  He has represented large and small communities and corporate entities with environmental permitting matters for wastewater and stormwater, environmental review, and related topics, and served as Minnesota regulatory counsel for a municipal power agency.  He is also a familiar face around the Minnesota Legislature and state environmental and energy regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining RPU, Nyhus has held positions with the Minnesota House of Representatives, the Flaherty & Hood law firm in St. Paul, and most recently with the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.

A Minnesota native, Nyhus has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Minnesota State University – Moorhead, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.  He was admitted to practice law in Minnesota in 1999 and is currently the treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section. 

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.