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BPU Board Approves 2020 Budget

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors approved its 2020 Annual Budget for the municipal electric and water utility at its December 18, 2019 Board meeting. The 2020 budget totaling $373 million is approximately $8 million less than the 2019 budget of $381 million. The decreased budget of 2.8% is mainly the result of lower capital spending.

When looking to 2020, BPU’s major goals and priorities will include the following:

  • Providing cost effective, safe and reliable utility services, including efficient operation of electric and water production facilities.

  • Continue efforts to improve customer service. Update business practices and programs as needed to meet the requirements of our broad and diverse customer base.

  • Ensure continued fiscal sustainability by effectively managing debt service coverage, cash-on-hand, and credit ratings through open and transparent fiscal and budget policies.

  • Continue to evaluate various communication initiatives to make information and services readily accessible across multiple media platforms to engage the community and increase public awareness.

  • Review strategic alliances and expansion opportunities that benefit the utility and the community. Supporting economic development and retention and growth in the service area with other community partners.

  • Ensure that electric transmission and distribution systems continue to operate in a safe and reliable manner. Continue efforts to improve system reliability indices (SAIDI, SAIFI, CAIDI).

  • Continue to focus on electric generation plant availability and ensure that reliability standards follow industry best practices as it relates to maintenance and operation.

  • Continue to support and champion a diverse generation portfolio, while still evaluating future renewable energy opportunities to ensure a sustainable outlook for our community. This includes continuing to monitor, evaluate, and address changes in all environmental regulations.

  • Continue to focus on our water main replacement program and maintaining adequate water storage capacity for community service.

  • Evaluate ways to effectively promote energy and water efficiency programs and initiatives through customer education, community outreach services, and targeted programs.

  • Continue to evaluate ways to cost effectively improve employee usage of information technology systems as a way of improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs.

BPU will continue efforts to improve efficiencies and reduce costs; assist and support community partners and meet and prepare for future customer growth while maintaining world-class customer service.

This award-winning municipally-owned utility remains committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electric and water service to Wyandotte County, while continually working to improve the quality of life in the community in which it operates.


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