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Archive for November, 2019

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.

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

Temporary bike trail closure

Friday, November 15th, 2019

The bike trail under the bridge along 6th Street SE between 9th and 10th Avenue SE will be closed from Monday, November 18-22nd.  

This closure is necessary to allow for a water main repair in the direct vicinity of the trail. The work is expected to take a week to complete.

For additional questions regarding the work, please contact Tony Benson or Wade Neubauer at RPU by calling 280.1500.

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.


2020 Rate Change Notification

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019