The BPU installed its first bi-directional electric meter on July 31 on Magnolia Avenue, W.E.
The New York State Education and Research Authority (NYSERDA) now offers rebates to BPU electric customers who install solar, making solar more financially worthwhile. Prior to the rebates, BPU rates were too low to make solar installations affordable in our territory. The BPU developed policies approximately two years ago for net-metering for home electric production such as solar and wind.
According to Dan Reynolds, BPU energy efficiency coordinator, NYSERDA rebates 70 cents/watt of capacity installed. The Magnolia Street meter is designed for 4.6 kilowatts.
Pictured from left are Craig Knorr, Solar Liberty employee; Tom Meara, homeowner; Chris Rodgers, BPU transmission and distribution manager/engineer; George Erickson, BPU electric service technician; Chris Flatau, Solar Liberty employee; and Dan Reynolds, BPU energy-effiency coordinator; during the installation of the bi-directional meter at Meara’s home.
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BPU Online Account Access and Payment Options
BPU Customers may pay bills online with e-checks, debit cards and credit cards. Once registered for the service, customers also may access account information such as meter readings, consumption history and past bills.
Customers may register for online access to their accounts by logging in at
https://account.jamestownbpu.com or by clicking the “Access BPU Account” link under “Quick Links” in the upper right hand corner of the homepage, and following directions.
All online users will need their BPU customer numbers to register. The customer number includes the six digits beginning with the number one (1) that appears after the dash of the account number printed on the bill.
An e-check works similar to a paper check, but without the need for a check to actually be written and processed by the recipient’s bank. When the customer authorizes an e-check payment, it is processed as a debit transaction using the routing and account number of the checking account. The amount that is debited by this transaction is then transferred to the BPU account in much the same ways as if a paper check had been written.
To provide feedback or to request assistance with the process, customers may contact Customer Service at 661-1660 or Communications at 661-1680.