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Neighborhood Energy Challenge- Residential Program Coming to Rochester

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 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

“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 Information is also available on RPU’s website,

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.