Rochester Public Utilities | Blog


Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), Oct. 2-8, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity RPU provides to our community,” said RPU General Manager, Mark Kotschevar “Public power puts the people of Rochester first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power that supports strong communities,” said Kotschevar.

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Kotschevar “RPU is proud to have served Rochester for 120 years.”

Today RPU has over 170 employees providing the Rochester community with safe, reliable electricity and drinking water. RPU serves more than 50,000 electric customers.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. APPA partners with its members to promote public power, helping community-owned utilities deliver superior services through joint advocacy, education, and collaboration. More at


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 39,000.  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.