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July 18, 2013
I agree with letter writer Steve Urbanovich, about Burbank Water and Power's comparison ignoring demographics. My husband and I are also retired. We are 65 and 71 and we've lived in the same house for 40 years. We receive the utility's letters and they feel like harassment. We have made these energy-conserving upgrades: double-paned windows, insulation, new texture coat and energy-efficient air conditioning/heat, appliances, light bulbs. All our sprinklers are on timers, we water after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m. We take “boat showers.” We keep our air-conditioning thermostat at 75; sometimes it never kicks on until the afternoon.
NEWS
July 27, 2013
During these hot summer months, it's worth a reminder that our community-owned utility, Burbank Water and Power, provides Burbank residents with some of the lowest water and electric rates in the region. However, even with these low rates, the increased use of air conditioners and sprinklers can translate into higher utility bills. With that in mind, I want to point out a number of ways to help reduce water-and-power bills via BWP's programs for residents and businesses, many of which have been recently expanded.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
Recently, Burbank Water and Power customers were notified of significant proposed rate increases for water, refuse and sewer services. The notice of public hearing that was provided to customers contains detailed information about the current and new rates but does not clearly explain the reasons for the increases. BWP needs to know that the people can't be fooled all of the time and that it needs to be more forthcoming about the actual reasons for the increases. The notice states that the increase for water services is due to the increased cost of purchased water, but does not state the city's actual cost for purchased water.
NEWS
March 29, 2003
Ben Godar Officials at Burbank Water and Power say they have been gradually increasing security at their facilities over the past year and don't plan to make any dramatic changes in response to the nation's heightened terror alert. The BWP completed a major review of its security last year, and since then, it has hired more guards and installed more fences and cameras, Director Ron Davis said. Upgrading security at its facilities is an ongoing task, Davis said, and one that always leaves room for improvement.
NEWS
February 7, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- With summer just a few months away, Burbank Water & Power hopes to prepare for peak energy-usage days by bringing the shuttered Magnolia No. 4 power plant back into operation by July, officials said. BWP on Tuesday planned to ask that the City Council approve increasing the BWP budget by $902,400 for the project. The money is needed for maintenance costs and for hiring 10 additional employees to operate the plant. Burbank usually generates 148 megawatts of power locally and gets another 152 megawatts through out-of-state generation.
NEWS
March 10, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an additional budget appropriation of $89.3 million for Burbank Water and Power. But the decision was significant only on paper, city officials said. "It was a just a move to amend the budget to reflect the reality of what the spending has been," City Manager Bud Ovrom said. The BWP's request said the money will be used to meet the utility's expenses and generate revenues from its trading activities.
NEWS
June 16, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council unanimously approved Burbank Water and Power's $35.3-million plan to build a new power generator on the site of BWP's headquarters Tuesday. "It's an outstanding project, and it's going to get us clean, efficient energy that's very nonpolluting," City Manager Bud Ovrom said. Building the new 47-megawatt generator between Olive Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard will replace BWP's legal responsibility to retrofit its old generators with new, environmentally safe turbines, BWP officials said.
NEWS
September 26, 2001
Laura Sturza CIVIC CENTER -- Burbank Water and Power received City Council authorization Sept. 18 to buy products and services in five-year increments, which could translate to substantial savings for taxpayers. "Right now, gas prices are really low compared to where they were six months ago," power supply manager Bruno Jeider said. If the markets "hit a new low, it might be to our advantage today to lock in a contract for five years." Last year, $53 million was saved because BWP was able to sell temporary surplus, BWP General Manager Ron Davis said.
NEWS
October 3, 2001
I have never before sent a written comment to a newspaper, senator, congressman or local councilman. However, there is an issue regarding Burbank Water and Power (BWP) that I feel warrants the investigative attention of the Burbank Leader. I believe you have already had some reader reaction to this issue. In a recent issue of the Burbank Leader there was a front page article ("BWP raises its rates -- again," Aug. 25) announcing to the citizens of Burbank that BWP was going to implement an increase in residential electric rates of approximately 10% to 11%. This was in addition to a 10% increase that took place just a few months before.
NEWS
September 1, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Burbank residents shouldn't be alarmed if they find a bright orange cardboard box sitting in front of their door this week: It's carrying free energy-saving lightbulbs. Burbank Water and Power initiated an energy-saving campaign in June that included mailing two free compact fluorescent lightbulbs to each of Burbank's more than 40,000 households. The bulbs were expected to hit Burbank residents in August, but printing delays stalled their delivery until this week, BWP officials said.
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NEWS
April 22, 2014
Recently, Burbank Water and Power customers were notified of significant proposed rate increases for water, refuse and sewer services. The notice of public hearing that was provided to customers contains detailed information about the current and new rates but does not clearly explain the reasons for the increases. BWP needs to know that the people can't be fooled all of the time and that it needs to be more forthcoming about the actual reasons for the increases. The notice states that the increase for water services is due to the increased cost of purchased water, but does not state the city's actual cost for purchased water.
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NEWS
July 30, 2013
The Burbank mayor's response to the recent letters from concerned customers of Burbank Water & Power is laughable. Her main advice to the public is to use less energy and buy new appliances in order to control one's expenses for electricity and water. She does not address the true costs of energy nor how our monthly payments are actually utilized. The mayor states that our energy rates are low but, like any monopoly, Burbank Water & Power can manipulate any statistics to prove their point.
NEWS
July 27, 2013
During these hot summer months, it's worth a reminder that our community-owned utility, Burbank Water and Power, provides Burbank residents with some of the lowest water and electric rates in the region. However, even with these low rates, the increased use of air conditioners and sprinklers can translate into higher utility bills. With that in mind, I want to point out a number of ways to help reduce water-and-power bills via BWP's programs for residents and businesses, many of which have been recently expanded.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
I agree with letter writer Steve Urbanovich, about Burbank Water and Power's comparison ignoring demographics. My husband and I are also retired. We are 65 and 71 and we've lived in the same house for 40 years. We receive the utility's letters and they feel like harassment. We have made these energy-conserving upgrades: double-paned windows, insulation, new texture coat and energy-efficient air conditioning/heat, appliances, light bulbs. All our sprinklers are on timers, we water after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m. We take “boat showers.” We keep our air-conditioning thermostat at 75; sometimes it never kicks on until the afternoon.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
When Vice Mayor Gordon voted against approving the 2013-14 budget, his stated reason was that Burbank Water and Power is incurring millions of dollars in renewable energy costs that are causing rates to increase unnecessarily because of a state mandate for a sustainability premise not supported by him or several of his constituents. Climate change policies to limit the greenhouse gas effect of carbon emissions are state law and utilities are required to reduce the energy they receive from coal generated sources and replace it with solar, wind, hydro and other renewables.
THE818NOW
February 22, 2013
Burbank Water and Power was recently honored by the U.S. Green Building Council for its new service center and warehouse building. The  facility is one of three buildings either built or under construction on the utility's EcoCampus to be constructed at "Platinum" level standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is one of about 50 buildings in California to receive the designation from the council. “BWP is committed to ensuring that the structures we create today are built with environmental respect,” said Ron Davis, the utility's general manager, in the statement.
THE818NOW
November 21, 2011
A white Toyota Corolla crashed into a utility pole, knocking down both power and phone lines, in Burbank around 4:15 a.m. Saturday, public safety officials said. Burbank Water & Power and AT&T were notified of  the accident at Olive Avenue and Niagara Street, said Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Meadows. Meadows did not know if the accident caused any phone or power outages. AT&T and BWP officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Verdugo Fire responded to the accident, but did not transport anyone to the hospital, said Steve Pierson, a fire communications representative.
NEWS
October 20, 2004
'Difference' day collects for needy BURBANK -- The Burbank Civic Pride Committee will host "Make A Difference Day" on Saturday to collect food for area people in need. Volunteers will be at grocery stores and markets throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take the donations. The food will be given to the Burbank Family Service Agency, Burbank Salvation Army and Burbank Temporary Aid Center to be distributed to people in need. To sign up as a volunteer, call the city's public information office at 238-5840.
NEWS
April 21, 2004
Jackson Bell More convenient Burbank Water and Power bill paying is now a click away. A new feature on BWP's website allows customers to pay bills and retain account information, replacing an antiquated system the department has used for 30 years. To illustrate the need for the $4-million upgrade, BWP Customer Services Manager Joanne Fletcher likens the technology to automobiles. "Our Model T Ford was 50 years old, and we needed a new car that runs on unleaded gas," Fletcher said.
NEWS
September 20, 2003
Connie Baker Despite pleas from Burbank Water and Power officials, the City Council on Tuesday denied a request for $1 million in additional funding to teach employees how to implement a new customer information and billing system. Instead, the council told BWP General Manager Ron Davis to renegotiate a $3.5-million contract with Indus Utility Systems Inc., the firm hired to upgrade the utility's aging billing system. The firm is working with BWP employees to implement a new system, but Davis told the council that staffers "lack expertise" in information technology and project management and require additional support services not included in the city's existing contract.
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