BPU Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct 7-13

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is celebrating Public Power Week (#CommunityPowered), Oct. 7-13, 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 BPU provides to our community,” said BPU Chief Communications Officer, David Mehlhaff. “Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power that supports strong communities,” said Mehlhaff.

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” Mehlhaff added and BPU is proud to have served Kansas City, Kansas, for over 100 years.”

BPU is a publically owned administrative agency of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG), and is self-governed by an elected six-member Board of Directors.

Today BPU serves 65,000 electric customers and its electric operations include the following:

  • Two power stations (Nearman & Quindaro)
  • 17% ownership in Dogwood natural gas plant
  • Renewable energy 45%
    • Federal Hydro
    • Wind
    • Landfill Gas
    • Hydroelectric (Bowersock)
    • Community Solar
  • 29 substations
  • 3,000 miles of electric lines

BPU also maintains

  • 19,000 streetlights
  • 9,000 traffic signal heads
  • Radio system for first responders (fire, police, ambulance and sheriff)

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. APPA partners with its members to promote public power, helping community-owned utilities deliver superior services through joint advocacy, education, and collaboration. More at www.PublicPower.org.

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