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RMU has created a partnership with Rochelle’s local HVAC contractors and two product vendors Bes-Tech and REGEN for a Roof Top Unit Add-on Incentive program.

RMU will rebate up to $3,680 of the cost of the Bes-Tech’s Digi-RTU add-on for RTU’s of sizes 1-20 ton. For the REGEN product RMU will reimburse 50% of each complete installation.

RMU has provided training to the local HVAC contractors Anderson and C&C who are certified and ready to take orders for installation of these Add-ons which provide up to 40% energy savings. The performance has been verified by RMU in two local facilities over the summer of 2015 based on a Grant from American Public Power Association’s DEED program (Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments).

Criteria for RTU’s to be accepted into the program: The rooftop unit has to be well maintained, not older than 20 years and needs to be under a three year maintenance program. The unit also had to be operating within its design parameters. The unit has to be connected into RMU’s demand management system which requires the facility to be part of partial curtailment during the 20 days of peak alerts during the summer. Environmental requirements will be managed during those days by the technology that these products provide.

Contact RMU Customer Service for more information on this program. (815) 562-4155

RMU is continuously looking at ways to reduce cost of energy to its customers in Rochelle and surrounding areas.

As part of receiving a $50,000 grant from APPA DEED, RMU was invited to present the project at the APPA Regional Conference in Austin Tuesday October 20th.

This is the presentation RMU delivered at this prestigious nationwide American Public Power Association Conference.

It was received in high regards as being a truly unique and innovative way to use technology in an efficient way for a small utility to save energy costs for commercial customers.

APPA is American Public Power Association.
DEED is APPA's Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program.

pdf APPA DEED Rooftop Unit Presentation (5.34 MB)


Phase 1 of the electrical system infrastructure upgrade is currently in progress. Some areas will receive new wires, either overhead or underground and others will receive utility pole replacements.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities wants the community to be aware that there will be RMU utility workers in the residential neighborhoods, mostly Monday through Friday during the hours of 7:00 am through 5:00 pm. However, some Saturday work may also take place. Currently, work is being done in the residential area west of N 7th St in the north part of town.

Please remind children to stay away from the equipment. Residents should also be aware that RMU workers may be on their property marking the placement of underground infrastructure and upgrading the system. Residents are asked to please leave the flag markers in their yard until the work is completed. Residents will be able to identify the workers by the RMU name on their trucks and uniforms.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, they can contact the RMU Customer Service Department at 815-562-4155.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 4-10, 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 RMU provides to our community,” said RMU Customer Service Supervisor Barbara Bell. “Public power puts the people of Rochelle and the surrounding communities first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens,” said Barbara Bell.
“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Bell “RMU is proud to have served Rochelle and the surrounding communities for over 100 years.”
Today RMU operates 3 generating stations. RMU also utilizes a 312 kW photovoltaic solar plant at the water treatment facility.

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. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. More at

Judge Pallmeyer issued her ruling on the motion to remand and motions to dismiss yesterday afternoon August 13th.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is pleased to announce successful integration with the Regional Transmission Operator PJM. This is the final step in concluding the activities that are required for the earlier press release regarding the successful order from FERC as to RMU’s annual Transmission Tariff.

According to Dan Westin of RMU: “This has been a horserace since the hour we received the FERC Order June 23rd. Every hour has counted.
The best way to describe the complexity and impact of this project is the sheer number of personnel from many different organizations adding up to over one hundred fifteen. These people are in organizations such as government regulatory entities such as FERC, reliability oversight institutions such as NERC and Reliability First, Engineering Firms such as Gridforce, Power Systems Engineering, Sargent&Lundy, accounting firm Baker Tilly, training entities such as SOS International, PJM’s personnel in all disciplines, COMED’s personnel in Network Design and Operations, further Regulatory and Tariff Guidance, Boardman and Clark, Bethel Electric Rate consulting and of course all the personnel in RMU’s Generation Plant as well as Transmission and Distribution, Advanced Communications and admin.”

Rochelle Municipal Utility received June 23rd a FERC tariff for its 20 miles of 138 kV transmission assets that before this tariff were paid for by customer rates.
The tariff allows for $ 1.2 Million per year in operational revenue requirements which essentially comes into RMU as credits towards its transmission expenditures.
Next year this tariff will increase to $ 1.7 Million per year. Over a 30 year period the net present value of these credit streams amount to tens of millions of dollars.

Electric Superintendent Hired

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

City Manager David Plyman is pleased to announce his appointment of Jason Bird as the Superintendent of Rochelle Municipal Utilities’ Electric Department. Bird comes to Rochelle after serving the City of Princeton, Illinois as its Superintendent of Electric and Telecommunications since 2007.

Bird will officially join the City of Rochelle on August 17. “I am excited about the opportunity to join Team Rochelle,” Bird said. “I am looking forward to being a part of such a dedicated team of professionals. I believe that my skills and past experiences will help Rochelle continue to grow,” he continued.

Bird, 51, has served the City of Princeton for over 30 years in its Electric Department. He began his career in Princeton as an Apprentice Lineman in 1985. In addition, he previously held the position Superintendent of Electric Distribution. Under his supervision, the Princeton Electric Department has earned the prestigious Safety Award – First Place from the American Public Power Association for the past nine years. The APPA has also awarded Princeton its RP3-Diamond Level Award.

Prior to his linesman apprenticeship, Mr. Bird attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. He is a long-time resident of Princeton. He has coached wrestling and soccer at Princeton High School for 29 years. He is married to Susan and has three sons and two granddaughters.

July 8th Power Outage

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

On Wednesday, 7/8/2015 at approximately 5:41 am, power went out in the Southview area. The outage was due to a squirrel chewing on a line which opened a feeder at the substation. 856 customers were affected. Power was restored to all customers by 6:45 am.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is pleased to announce the receipt of a FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Order for its Transmission Tariff.

Rochelle Municipal Utility applied on April 7th 2015 for a tariff for its 20 miles of 138 kV transmission assets.

The tariff allows for $ 1.2 Million per year in operational revenue requirements which essentially comes into RMU as power purchase credits.

Next year this tariff will increase to $ 1.7 Million per year. Over a 30 year period the net present value of these credit streams amount to tens of millions of dollars.

According to Dan Westin of RMU: “This amazing result is a game changer for RMU and Rochelle. Another very unique asset in Rochelle has been positioned for maximum value for RMU’s customers and the citizens of Rochelle. In addition to these credits this project has also created a full inventory of RMU’s electrical enterprise’ capital assets as well as a complete set of operational procedures in the areas of PJM integration agreement, zonal Interconnect agreement, zonal restoration plan, Data Interconnection diagrams and other key procedures for the provision of electrical service reliability. It also provides for new job function opportunities for RMU’s personnel.”

RMU's new generators by the Caron Rd Substation had their real induction today during the summer season's first peak day. The 6 MW generators started up perfectly and provided peak shaving during the critical hours of 2 pm to 5 pm per the peak alert from the electric power region.
Per Dan Westin of RMU, "These units today added 60% to RMU's existing peak shaving capacity which is a tremendous relief in bringing down capacity charges that RMU pays to have energy transported into Rochelle."
6 MW units June 10 first day running

Attn:  News Director                                 Contact: Barbara Bell
Date:6/11/2015                                          (815) 562-4155

RMU offers $100 Incentive for Learning and/or Remote Management ThermostatsRochelle, IL - RMU is now offering a $100 incentive when a qualified learning and/or remote management thermostat is purchased. 

Learning thermostats can learn from your behaviors, allow you to control the climate in your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time and can even adjust themselves based on ambient conditions like humidity, all of which can save the consumer money and reduce energy consumption.

Customers can obtain an incentive application via the website: or by calling the RMU Customer Service Department at 815-562-4155. 

RMU is continuously looking at potential ways to reduce the cost and consumption of energy to its customers.

RP3SafetyAwards2015 365Rochelle Municipal Utilities is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, CA.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 97 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 94 that received it last year for a total of 191.

“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry, and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” said Stone.

“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said David Plyman, City Manager. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.”

This is the tenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Arlington, VA.


Scheduled Power Outage - April 28th

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A power outage is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/28/2015. The outage will begin at 9:00 am and will last for approximately 3 to 4 hours. The affected area will be from the north border of Bethel Road to the south border of Route 38. The west border is Brooklyn Road and the east border is Queens Road. Approximately 250 customers will be affected.

The power outage is due to relocating the overhead poles and wires associated with the road improvements at the intersection of Flagg Road and Center Road.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 weather permitting; RMU Water Operators will repair a water main break and customers in the 500, 600, and 700 blocks of North 11th Street will be affected.

In order to perform the work, the water will be turned off and a precautionary boil order will be issued. Water service will be interrupted from approximately 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Customers in the affected area will be given notice when the boil order begins and when it is over. The customers affected by the shutdown should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of five minutes before use.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

Due to construction in the area, a boil order has been issued for the 300 & 400 blocks of South 3rd Street.  

For details, visit the WKMS website: News Story

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