We have assisted Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) with engineering and planning services since 2001, helping facilitate RPU’s infrastructure plan regarding its electricity supply.
Our responsibilities have including assisting with numerous planning and engineering assessments from regulatory and environmental assessments to grid modernization efforts. Our team has helped RPU shape its infrastructure plan and power supply portfolio by providing technology assessment comparisons, environmental assessments and cost/benefit evaluations associated with self-generation compared to purchase.
We assisted RPU with the development of an electric rate forecast model that incorporated key results from the wholesale planning efforts into an assessment that evaluated the overall electricity rate impacts to RPU’s customers. We also assisted RPU in evaluating the business case for smart meters and other grid modernization features.
Most recently, our team assisted RPU with an assessment of combined heat and power (CHP) alternatives. Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic, one of the premier medical facilities in the country. Mayo Clinic’s campus has both a large thermal and electric load need. We helped assess CHP options that will allow RPU to meet its overall electricity supply needs while providing Mayo Clinic with a low-cost, reliable supply of steam.