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.
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) employees and major donors met Wednesday, July 29th, to celebrate a new record amount raised by the community during the 2015 BPU “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.
The BPU fund drive result this year totals $17,410 to benefit St. Susan Center, surpassing the 2014 record total of $17,260.
The 2015 contributions bring the cumulative amount raised, in fifteen years of BPU campaigns, to $160,118.55.The soup kitchen is located at 31 Water Street in the Gateway Center Building.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN TO GO AROUND WORK SITES
Please slow down around work zones to protect the safety of employees as well as other vehicles and pedestrians who may be in the area of a work project.
Employees set up caution zones to alert drivers to take care when driving past work that takes place in or near a street.
However, some drivers choose to ignore the warnings and speed by.
In some cases, traffic proceeds down a closed street even though signs and cones indicate that a street is closed.
No driver wants to receive a traffic ticket or, worse, to cause the injury of a BPU worker.
Employees are authorized to report unsafe driving behavior to police.
Traffic tickets have been given for reckless driving in a work zone. Please “slow down to go around.”
The BPU’s LM6000 gas turbine has returned to work, creating electricity for BPU customers, after a two-month overhaul in Alberta, Canada.
The gas turbine is used to produce electricity at the BPU’s Samuel A. Carlson Power Plant, and to produce heat for the utility District Heating system. The turbine must be serviced every 25,000 hours of operation.
Without the gas turbine in place, the BPU still can generate electricity and District Heating with back-up natural gas boilers.
The BPU no longer uses coal as a fuel to create electricity.
The pictures show part of the process of placing the natural gas turbine back into service at the Power Plant.
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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.