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Posted on: November 21, 2023

RFMU receives national recognition for renewable energy efforts

RFMU Accolades Newsflash

We are thrilled to announce that River Falls Municipal Utilities (RFMU) has again received national honors for our energy efficiency and sustainability efforts! 💡🌳

RFMU has been named a Smart Energy Provider by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and has received recognition for its green energy efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

NREL publishes annual rankings of the nation's top 10 utilities across four distinct categories associated with renewable energy. Based on 2022 data, RFMU placed second in the nation for Green Power Participation Rate, which measures the percentage of customers who participated in a utility’s renewable, or “green,” energy programs. Additionally, RFMU ranked third nationally for Green Power Sales Rate, indicating the proportion of a utility's renewable energy sales relative to its total sales.

Additionally, the utility’s 2022 Smart Energy Provider title marks the third consecutive occasion that RFMU has received the honor since the program began in 2019. The designation, which lasts for two years, recognizes locally owned utilities for demonstrating a commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost, and sustainable electric service.

One of RFMU’s most popular renewable energy offerings, “Choose Renewable,” helped the community obtain its honors. The program allows customers to purchase green energy blocks for two dollars apiece per month, which increases the amount of renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and biogas, used to power their homes or businesses. A typical home can run on 100% clean energy with the purchase of two to three green blocks.

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