Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

Korean War Veteran Peter Carlo presented an American flag, which has been flown over the Capital in Washington, to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities for display in its Customer Service Lobby.
RFID-Tagged Orange Recycling Bin
JBPU Complex at 92 Steele St.
Students Touring JBPU Power Plant
Wastewater Treatment Plant Filters
Dow Street T-3 Transformer

The business office is located at:
92 Steele Street Jamestown, NY

The mailing address is:
P.O. Box 700
Jamestown, NY 14702-0700

Our telephone number is:
(716) 661-1660

Office hours are:
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM


2014 English Recycling Calendar

2014 Spanish Recycling Calendar

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Legal Notice

There are no legal notices at this time.

Fact Finder’s report regarding contract negotiations between the BPU and the IBEW Local 459
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Jamestown BPU News

The BPU Water Division Building on Buffalo and Newton Streets has been renamed the BPU Randall S. Peterson Water Division Building in memory of retired 38-year BPU employee Randy Peterson.

A dedication of the building took place on July 3 with Peterson’s family and former co-workers on hand. Comments were made by BPU President and Mayor Sam Teresi, BPU General Manager David L. Leathers and retired Deputy General Manager for Electricity Michael Darroch. When the newly-placed sign naming the building for Peterson was unveiled, Randy’s wife Sue expressed appreciation.

A lifelong Jamestown resident, Peterson graduated from Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College and Clarkson University with a degree in civil engineering and environmental science. He worked as a summer meter reader, cleaner and inspector when he was a college student before returning to the BPU after graduation as a junior engineer.

Peterson earned his Professional Engineer’s license in 1980 and also held Water Treatment and Water Distribution licenses issued by the State Department of Health. After having served as senior engineer and engineering/operations manager, Peterson became Water Resource Manager and, subsequently, Deputy General Manager for Water Resources in 2006. Over his career, he worked for BPU General Managers Jim Gronquist, Walter Haase and Leathers.

Peterson retired from the BPU in 2010 but moved forward to serve as the part-time Director of the Chautauqua County South and Center Sewer District until illness prevented him from working.

He passed away in January, 2014.

Jamestown BPU Adopts 2014 Budgets

BPU 2014 Budgets Maintain Rates in Four of Five Divisions Click to read more

District Heating and Chilling Budget: No Rate Increase Click to read more

Wastewater Division Budget: With No Rate Increase
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Solid Waste Budget with No Rate Increase and with a New Recycling Incentive Program
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“Piping Hot,” a new BPU e-newsletter for our District Heating customers.

The electronic newsletter will be mailed to District Heating customers twice a year, updating them on new District Heat developments and providing maintenance tips for customers. Click to read more

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.


Chuck Cornell Joins as Member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

The Director of the Center for Regional Advancement at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia has been named as a member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
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Jamestown BPU “Cents for St. Susan’s” Campaign Raises Record $17,260 for Soup Kitchen
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Chautauqua County
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
Free Disposal!
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
9 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Registration Form

2014 BPU Yard Waste Stickers Available Now at Customer Service: New Stickers Required for 2014 Yard Waste Season
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Your opinion matters! The Jamestown BPU will be hosting a focus group to gather customer input.
If you are interested in participating, please click here to register.

Residential Recycling Credit Program (RRCP) Begins this Spring

New Bins Should Be Used As Soon As Received

By now, you should have received your new burnt orange recycling bin as part of our Residential Recycling Credit Program. The new Radio Frequency Identification Tagged recycling bins should be used as soon as they are received. If you have not received a bin, please contact the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651.

Please click on the links below for complete information.

If you still have questions, please call the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651 or Communications at 661-1680.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions in English

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Jamestown BPU Feature Article

BPU Line Workers Undertake Tasks to Improve Reliability and Prevent Potential Electric Outages

This winter’s cold temperatures have provided an opportunity for Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) line workers to undertake tasks that have improved reliability and prevented numerous potential outages in the Electric Division’s transmission and distribution system.

With the use of two infrared cameras, crews have examined all the system’s high voltage overhead lines, switches, transformers and connections, to determine where there may be loose connections or equipment that is overloaded. By examining equipment utilizing an infrared camera, “hot spots” or trouble areas can be discovered and repaired before the problems develop into electrical outages.

Bitter cold temperature days provide an excellent time to locate loose connections or hot spots due to the higher demand on the system. Electric customers tend to use more electricity on frigid days, whether it is for extra electric heating, the addition of portable electric heaters or the utilization of more lights and appliances during the time when people stay inside due to challenging weather.

As an infrared camera is pointed at equipment, the camera, through thermal imaging, measures the temperature of the equipment. While one area may show a temperature of 132 degrees, for instance, the rest of the equipment on a pole may reflect a 22 degree reading. The actual “hot spot” of 132 degrees indicates that there is a potential problem at that location which eventually could lead to an outage.

The employee using the camera also has the ability to record- both visually and vocally - the area that could cause a problem with information such as the pole number, the location and the problem. In some cases, when a loose connection is found, the process is as easy as tightening the connection, rechecking the spot with the camera and discovering that the temperature in the repaired location has gone down to within normal range.

Other times, more extensive repairs are required and, once identified by the inspection process, can be scheduled for repair. This process presents a more orderly way to undertake preventive maintenance compared to accomplishing the work under the pressures of a real-time outage when employees and customers are anxious to have power restored quickly.

Utilizing infrared cameras in the entire BPU electric transmission and distribution system during this unusually cold winter has pinpointed 45-50 potential problem areas that have been or will be fixed to avoid a possible outage. This process represents one more way in which the BPU works to improve electrical reliability.

Without the use of the infrared cameras, some of these problems would only have surfaced when an outage occurs.

Energy Efficiency Statistics

Free State Energy Audits for Homes, Small Businesses and Non-profits

BPU Encourages the Use of Free State Energy Audits for Homes, Small Businesses and Non-profits; Subsidized Audits for Local Governments
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JamestownUpClose.com launches
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