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RPU substation project receives engineering excellence award

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), along with Ulteig Engineers, received a 2018 Engineering Excellence Award for its work on the Douglas Trail Substation. The award was presented at an award ceremony hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC).

The Douglas Trail Substation project exemplified the importance of strong working partnerships and community involvement. RPU was approached by Epic Systems Corporation for increased electric system strength and reliability at their future data center in northwest Rochester. The best answer to their needs was to build a large substation with an aggressive construction schedule. In order to meet the needs of Epic, RPU partnered with Ulteig Engineers for the project.  This is the second RPU/Ulteig project receiving an Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC, with the first award received in 2016 for another substation project.

”RPU has a long and successful history with Ulteig Engineers spanning more than 35 years.  We feel Ulteig continually meets and exceeds our expectations and this project was no different. They created plans that were sensitive to the neighboring Minnesota DNR Douglas State Trail to avoid disturbances, fitting a substation on a small triangle of land, all while managing our customer’s design objectives and following a tight timeline.  We are very pleased with the outcome of this project and look forward to our continued relationship with Ulteig,” said Neil Stiller, RPU Senior Electrical Engineer.

The Douglas Trail Substation Project was completed on schedule.

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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 fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.


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