As your local "energy experts," we continue to offer learning opportunities for our customers that cover a wide range of topics. Topics include (depending on availability)

2017 MMUA 'Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Award'

Abby, from Rochester, was a 2016 MMUA scholarship recipient.


  • To give something back to the community.     
  • To increase awareness of public power.


The scholarship fund is split into $2,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 scholarships, and awarded to essay contest winners who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution.

Guidelines for submission

Because decisions by judges and disqualifications according to the guidelines are final, entrants should read and follow these guidelines closely:

  • Entries are to interpret one or more aspects of the theme, “Municipal utilities: good for all of us.”  This applies to municipal electric and natural gas utilities.  Judges will look particularly for originality and the relevance of the theme to the writer and his/her city. 
  • High school seniors are eligible.  Those eligible must be, or have as a legal guardian, a customer of an MMUA-member municipal electric or gas utility. 
  • Essays are to be original and from 500 to 750 words, typed and double-spaced.
  • All essays should include a cover page, with the writer’s name and address.
  • Deadline for submitting essays to MMUA is April 14, 2017.  Entries shall be submitted to the governing body of the municipal utility.  (The local governing body may appoint a separate individual or group to judge entries.)  The local governing body will send the winning essay to MMUA for entry into the statewide contest.  A committee of MMUA members will select the winners, with an announcement by mid-May.
  • An independent person or body may be designated to select the winner of the local essay.  If there is an independent body selecting the winner and they do not know who wrote which essay, relatives of utility personnel are eligible to enter the contest.

Resource Materials

Your local utility is the best resource for information and printed materials.  You may also want to visit and


Scholarship money will be payable upon receipt of fee statement copy from an accredited post-secondary educational institution. The award check will be made payable to the contest winner and the post-secondary institution. If the contest winner does not attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution within two years, the money will revert to a trust fund and become available to future contest winners.

Due Date

Completed essays are due to RPU by March 31, 2017 attn: Tony Benson. 

Contact info

For questions regarding the MMUA scholarship contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534.

Essay Materials

Community Education Classes

Neighborhood Energy Challenge

Neighborhood Energy Challenge Class

RPU and Minnesota Energy Resources have teamed up with the Center for Energy and Environment to offer Rochester homeowners the Neighborhood Energy Challenge (NEC), a full-service residential energy audit program.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Energy Challenge

Solar Energy for Your Home or Business

An overview of solar electric and solar heating systems will be presented. There will be many photos of solar installations so that you can get a good idea of what they look like and how they are installed. Many basic questions will be addressed such as: How well does solar energy work in Minnesota? How much energy do the systems produce? What are the costs involved and overall economics? What incentives are available? Is there any maintenance? There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. The instructor is the operations manager of Solar Connection,, a solar energy design and installation company located in Rochester.

Instructor: Micah Johnson

Bio: Micah is the operations manager for Solar Connection of Rochester, MN. In business since 2010, Solar Connection installs solar energy systems for commercial, residential, and farm applications. Solar Connection is a licensed general contractor and NABCEP™ Certified for PV Installation. NABCEP is the National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Time: 10 am- 12pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Northrop Community Education Center
                  Room 308
                  201 8th St NW
                  Rochester, MN 55901

Registration: Registration for a Community Education class can be made by calling 507.328.4000 or online through the Rochester Community Education website at Online registration begins on December 15, 2016.

Get out of the Dark: Brighten your Knowledge on Home Lighting Purchases

Deciding what lighting to purchase for your home can be a confusing process…LEDs, CFLs, watts, lumens, soft white, warm white, 2700 K…what does it all mean? LEDs may use the least amount of energy but they may not be the smart choice for every room in your home. This workshop will help you make sense of all of it so you can make smart decisions.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What to look for when choosing light bulbs and how to make the right choice.
  • Why and when to choose LEDs.
  • The cost of lighting on your energy bill.
  • Utility lighting rebates.
  • Why choose ENERGY STAR®.

Instructor: Kelli Lewis

Bio: Kelli is a District Sales Representative with Phillips Lighting, selling lamps, ballasts, fixtures, and controls through distributor customers in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time: 6:00- 7:30pm

Cost: FREE

Location: Northrop Community Education Center
                  Room 308
                  201 8th St NW
                  Rochester, MN 55901

Registration: Registration for a Community Education class can be made by calling 507.328.4000 or online through the Rochester Community Education website at https://rochester.thatscommunityed.comOnline registration begins on December 15, 2016.

Facility Tours

RPU is proud to be part of the Rochester community, and we would like to share our expertise and knowledge with you. Tours are available by request. Certain facilities may not be available for tours due to safety, security, or maintenance reasons.

For general information on RPU, to schedule tours of our facilities, or for media inquiries, please contact:

Tony Benson
Communications Coordinator
4000 East River Road NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Phone: 507.280.1534