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RMU Warns Customers of Phone Scam

Monday, 3 November 2014

RMU is warning customers about a possible telephone scam. The phone calls appear to be part of a scam designed to obtain personal information and/or money from customers. The calls are not authorized by RMU.

In the reported instances, customers are told they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to the caller or face disconnection of their electric service.

RMU is urging customers not to respond to these fake calls. Customers who have received such calls can report them to the Attorney General Office's Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438 or the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

RMU wants to warn customers to be aware of these calls and suggests the following tips if such a call is received:

• Never reveal your credit card and/or bank information to anyone unless you are certain the contact is legitimate. Know who you are dealing with.
• If the caller insists you complete a transaction, hang up immediately. RMU representatives do not conduct business in this manner.

Rochelle Municipal Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans.

"Public Power Week celebrates Rochelle Municipal Utilities, reliable, affordable electricity for our community," said Joe Orlikowski, Electric Superintendent. Public power puts the people of Rochelle first. Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens," said Orlikowski.
"Our service is reliable and safe because of the pride public power takes in Rochelle and serving our friends and neighbors," said Orlikowski. "RMU is proud to have served Rochelle for over 115 years."
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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 47 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 www.PublicPower.org.

RMU Solar Plant Progress

Monday, 6 October 2014

Check out the time-lapse video here:

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RMU Receives Renewable Energy Award

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Rochelle Municipal Utilities has been selected as a recipient of this year's Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo's "Leadership by Example" award. This recognition is meant to highlight area individuals, businesses, organizations, and Municipalities that have implemented renewable energy projects and practices in Transportation, Utility Scale Generation, Building Integration and Controls Technologies, Green Roofs, Large and Small Scale Solar, PV and Solar Heating/Cooling, Wind, Manufacturing, Waste to Energy and Recycling or Repurposing and more.

RMU is receiving the Renewable Energy Urban Initiative Award as a result of investments in solar and bio-gas energy solutions. Construction is underway on a 313KW Photovoltaic Solar Plant located at the water treatment facility. The City of Rochelle received a $500,000 grant from ICECF to fund the project

Electrical Project Status Update

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Rochelle Municipal Utilities 5kv conversion underground electrical project is underway. Residents have likely noticed our contractor, Utility Dynamics with equipment and construction in utility easements throughout back yards over the past several weeks and work will continue as weather permits in the coming months.

The 5kv project is a five-phase project with one phase slated to be completed each year, as funding permits. Phase 1 is underway now in the North and West sections of Rochelle including the following streets:

-Carrie Avenue
-North 14th Street
-Sunset Terrace
-Highland Avenue
-Scott Avenue
-Joanne Lane
-Tilton Park Drive
-1000-1100 blocks of North 7th Street

Residents are asked to leave any flag markers in their yard until work is completed. Missing flags will result in additional location services and an increase in project time and cost. Please keep children and animals away from any construction equipment.

The City of Rochelle is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Lanning to our team as the RMU Superintendent of Water and Water Reclamation. He will begin his new position on September 29.


Mr. Lanning holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University in Geology and a Master of Science, also from Illinois State University, in Hydrogeology. He was most recently employed as the Deputy Director of Operations for the City of Frankfort, Kentucky Sewer Division. Well versed in his field, Lanning says, "The position offers an opportunity to build my professional career in the water and wastewater field as this represents my personal and professional interests. I look forward to helping the community of Rochelle provide clean water to the residents as well as to the receiving waters of Illinois."


A native of Northern Illinois, Lanning is ready to return to the area. "I am looking forward to the position in Rochelle because it is close to my home town of Ashton where my family resides," he said.

Community Alert Drawing Winners

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The following people won the weekly drawings in May and June as a result of registering for the Community Alert Program.

Rosita.jimenez3213
Valhall
Oconnor
Ladonnacook47
Kiddyland
Amy.tsimple
Chardon4
Tdanner630

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (NEST THERMOSTAT): gwenhayes

If this is the first part of your e-mail address, please send an e-mail to from that e-mail address listed above. You will be given information on where to pick up your prize.

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Community Alert Program. Anyone can still sign up at any time. The program is designed to assist customers with conserving electricity, controlling future electric costs and reducing the environmental impact.

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

Pride in Public Power

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014 RMU Water Operators repaired the water main break in the 1100 block of North Seventh Street.. As a result of the work, a Precautionary Boil Order has been issued for customers along Highway 251 between Carrie Avenue and Flagg Road.

As a reminder during the precautionary boil order, all customers in the affected area should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes before using. Customers will be notified once the boil order is lifted and the water is safe to drink.

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

pdf Boil Order Map 1100 Block N. 7th (66 KB)

RMU will build a 300 kW Solar Plant at the Water Treatment Plant to add to its Renewable Energy sources.  Solar Plants have the capability to reduce peak demand which is an increasing part of energy costs.

RMU already has renewable energy in its mix with the Bio-Gas plant at the landfill.  RMU is continuously looking at ways to reduce cost of energy to its customers in Rochelle and surrounding areas.

Road Closure

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Caron Road is scheduled to be closed in the Industrial area between Steam Plant Road and Timber Lane.  Weather permitting; the roadway will be closed for water main work between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Signage will be placed on both Caron Road and Steward Road indicating the road closure.  If you have any questions, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

May 27, 2014 Power Outage

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Due to the events of the weekend power outage, the generation plant had to restart an engine which caused a short power outage this morning.  Approximately 3000 customers were affected.

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

RMU is introducing a new incentive for commercial and industrial customers in the area of Renewable Energy.  Solar Plants have the capability to reduce peak demand which is an increasing part of energy costs.  RMU is offering a $100/kW installed/year rebate for the first 5 years of a solar plant.

Contact RMU Customer Service for more information on this incentive.  RMU is continuously looking at potential ways to reduce cost of energy to itscustomers in Rochelle and surrounding areas.

RMU WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION

 

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 weather permitting; Martin and Company is scheduled to abandon a section of water main as part of the School Avenue bridge project.

 

In order to perform the work, water service will be interrupted in the 1000 block of Parkview Drive from McConaughy to School Avenue and a precautionary boil order will be issued. Service will be interrupted from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29th.

 

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

 

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

 

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 RMU Water Operators repaired a water main break in the 500 block of South Second Street. As a result of the work, a Precautionary Boil Order has been issued.

As a reminder during the precautionary boil order, all customers in the 500 block of South Second Street should boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes before using. RMU anticipates that the boil order will be lifted on Saturday, May 24th. Customers will be notified once the boil order is lifted and the water is safe to drink.

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

Friday, 1:15 p.m. the Boil Order on Garfield Drive has been lifted.  Notices will be delivered to each residence within the hour.

Kathy Cooper, Water/Water Reclamation Superintendent

RMU Water Operators had to shut off the water on Garfield Drive in order to repair the water main.  A boil order has been issued for the residents on Garfield Drive and in the 400 and 500 blocks of South 9th Street.  Customers are reminded to boil all water used for drinking and cooking for a minimum of 5 minutes.  We anticipate the boil order will be lifted on Friday, but customers in the affected area will be notified once the boil order has been lifted.

Any questions should be directed to the Customer Service Office at 815-562-4155.

 

Annual Hydrant Flushing Update

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The annual city-wide flushing program is completed.  The operators will continue to do flushing on some dead end mains on a monthly basis.

Annual Hydrant Flushing

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014, Rochelle Municipal Utilities will begin their annual hydrant flushing project.  The fire hydrants are opened and allowed to run in an effort to circulate water in the underground water mains.  It will take approximately three weeks to complete the entire system.  RMU Water Operators will be flushing the hydrants on Monday through Friday each week from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

RMU reminds water service customers that they may experience some discoloration in the water supply for a short period of time following the work.  We advise customers to open cold water faucets for several minutes until the water becomes clear to insure all of the discoloration has been removed.  Customers are reminded not to launder clothing in water that has been discolored, since the clothing may become stained.

If you would like to see what area of town is affected, we will post a daily notice on our web site at www.rmu.net.  If you have any questions, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 (weather permitting) RMU Water Operators are scheduled to repair the water main at 115 North 15th Street.  RMU Operators intend to work from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22nd.  Flaggers will be in the area as vehicular traffic will be impacted.  Traffic will be limited to one lane during the repair.

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

Water Main Repair - 195 Irene

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, RMU Water Operators will repair a water main break at 195 Irene.  The break is in the parkway and repairs will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m.  RMU does not anticipate any water service interruptions, but customers in the area may experience low water pressure and discolored water when the operators are making the repair.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

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