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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:42

RMU Presents Unique DEED Rooftop Unit Project

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.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 19:08

Electric Superintendent Hired

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.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

July 8th Power Outage

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.

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