BPU Celebrates Public Power Week

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 publicly 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)


About BPU
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 Web site is www.bpu.com.

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