(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has announced plans to cease operation of two electric generating units (Q1 and Q2) at its Quindaro Power Station in late 2019. The units, brought online in 1965 and 1971, have provided the utility with a reliable and economical source of power for more than half a century. However, based on the findings of a recent feasibility study and other factors, BPU management has determined that these units are no longer viable, efficient, or necessary to operate in today’s marketplace.
In a Preliminary Future Operations Feasibility Study, conducted by engineering firm Lutz, Daily and Brain, it was identified that BPU has enough capacity to meet future forecasted loads and all required reserve margins through 2028, and therefore, BPU no longer needs to utilize the Q1 and Q2 units. Moreover, because of their high cost to operate and maintain, these two 48 and 54 year old steam electric generating units rarely operate in the marketplace.
Ceasing operations of these two units and the Quindaro Power Station will eventually save BPU approximately $10 million annually. As this has been an ongoing, multi-year evaluation process, this will not require the elimination of any current positions within the utility. Several of the operating positions have already been reassigned over the last year to BPU’s primary Nearman Power Generation facility, and other functions that had offices or space physically on the Quindaro Power Station property will be relocated to other existing BPU facilities.
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today, the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community, while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s website is www.bpu.com.