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Recent Scam!

BPU Customers, be on high alert! Scammers are once again targeting homes and businesses in McPherson, demanding payment and threatening disconnection if payment isn’t made immediately. DON’T FALL FOR IT! We recently received several reports from customers in McPherson who have received a call from someone stating they worked for the Board of Public Utilities [...]

July 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

KMU’s Colin Hansen Named APPA’s new Board Chair Delivers Moving Speech on the Resilience, Resourcefulness, and Accomplishments of Small Public Power Utilities.

Congratulations to APPA's new Board Chair, Colin Hansen, whose moving speech at his installation focused on the resilience, resourcefulness, and accomplishments of small utilities, as well as on his compelling personal story. We look forward to watching him advance public power’s priorities on the National level as he has for Kansas' municipal utilities.

July 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Time-lapse of BPU Mohawk Substation Project

Follow the links below to see the progress over the year! May 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3saniT8h9Xo July 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gggnSrbKfIc Sep 2020 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BJ65P4hX9E Feb 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h03BdUSe4iE March 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw5-hB_dkFw May 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nt5KFeu2lM

May 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Polar Vortex Fallout: Energy Adder Adjustments

Due to the February cold weather, BPU’s purchase power bill from Evergy was approximately 3 times a typical bill.  Around 91% of the energy purchased by the utility was close to normal cost, with 9% being in the neighborhood of 35 times normal.  In an effort to soften the substantial swing in electric bills, the [...]

March 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Tree Trimming For Safety and Reliability

One of the qualities that enhances McPherson’s “curb appeal” is its abundance of beautiful trees.  While most all agree that trees are great, tree contact with BPU power lines can cause power outages. For this reason, the BPU takes proactive measures to ensure electric reliability and safety for its customers by regularly pruning trees and [...]

March 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

McPherson Avoids Blackouts During February 2021’s Extreme Weather Event

The extreme weather event we experienced last week is all compliments of the polar vortex, a term that is now well-known after last week.  The extreme cold affected nearly every state; in fact, most states experienced below-freezing temperatures at some point during the event. The frigid weather was a shock to the system for many, [...]

February 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Water Main Replacement Plan Continues

BPU's Water Department will continue with its multi-year Main Street water main replacement program that we started last year (read that announcement here). Our next area of focus will be on the east side of the 200 and 300 blocks of north Main Street (between Marlin and the railroad tracks), requiring portions of Main Street [...]

February 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|