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BPU Board Approves 2021 Budget

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors approved its 2021 Annual Budget for the municipal electric and water utility at its December 16, 2020 Board meeting. The 2021 budget totaling $348 million is approximately $25 million less than the 2020 budget of $373 million. The decreased budget of 6.6% is mainly the result of lower fuel costs.

When looking to 2021, BPU’s major goals and priorities will include the following:

  • Provide cost effective, safe and reliable utility services, including efficient operation of electric and water production facilities.

  • Remain focused on updating policies and operating procedures as needed to meet the requirements of our broad customer base. Put in place initiatives to make information and services more readily accessible. Ensure the use of industry best practices in achieving these standards.

  • Ensure continued fiscal sustainability by effectively managing debt service coverage, cash-on-hand, and credit ratings through open and transparent fiscal and budget policies.

  • Encourage strategic alliances and supporting expansion opportunities that benefit the utility and the community. Supporting economic development and retention and growth in the service area with other community partners.

  • Ensure electric and water production and delivery systems are adaptable to support changes in future supply sources. Operate and maintain all utility assets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner, while working to prioritize future replacement projects.

  • Continue to support and champion renewable energy (i.e., wind, community solar, etc.), while evaluating future generation mix opportunities to ensure continuing to monitor, evaluate, and address changes in all environmental regulations.

  • Promote on-going energy and water efficiency initiatives through customer education, community outreach services, and targeted programs.

  • Identify and encourage usage of innovative technologies, implementation of utility wide reliability standards, and development of a safety-conscious workplace that ensures continued high-quality utility services.

  • Continue to focus on corporate reporting programs including data analytics and operational performance metrics. Ensure utility compares favorably with other peer municipal utilities within the region.

  • Continue to focus on employee training and development. Improve utility recruiting efforts to improve employee qualifications and performance.

BPU will continue efforts to improve efficiencies and reduce costs; assist and support community partners and meet and prepare for future customer growth while maintaining world-class customer service.

This award-winning municipally-owned utility remains committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electric and water service to Wyandotte County, while continually working to improve the quality of life in the community in which it operates.

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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