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.
January 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim The nonprofit Groundwater Resources Assn. of California will present a conference, "Hexavalent Chromium in Ground Water," from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The event will include speeches and lectures about chromium 6 characteristics, chromium 6 levels in drinking water, legal issues regarding the chemical, regulation of its levels in ground water and the contamination of ground water in Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles. Fred Lantz, assistant general manager of Burbank Water & Power, will speak about Burbank's water issues during the conference's lunch break between 12:20 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. The conference will be at the Hilton Glendale, 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
April 11, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Though Burbank residents have yet to experience the utility rate hikes that have sent many other L.A. County residents reeling, Burbank Water and Power officials are imploring customers to conserve energy to keep rates down. BWP has been using its wholesale trading activities -- trading and selling its excess energy -- to keep Burbank residents' rates down, but if residents don't conserve power, Burbank will not have excess energy to trade, officials said.
June 9, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Despite a dramatic increase in revenues over the past year for Burbank Water and Power, increased expenses will force BWP to raise energy rates for customers by 10% beginning July 1. One major factor contributing to the rate increase was a severe drought in the Pacific Northwest. BWP gets 40 megawatts of capacity and 177 megawatt hours -- about 14% of total annual energy for the city -- from a hydropower plant in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
June 27, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- When Burbank residents check their mailboxes in August, they'll find more than just birthday cards, bills, catalogs and advertisements. They'll find free light bulbs, courtesy of Burbank Water and Power. The City Council approved BWP's compact fluorescent light giveaway program last week that could cut Burbank's energy consumption by more than 3 million kilowatt hours -- or enough to power 500 households. "Short of actually going door-to-door and screwing the bulb in for them, this is the easiest we can make it for them," said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for BWP. "People really need to take initiative."
October 6, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- While federal standards for chromium 6 are set at 100 parts per billion, and California's are at 50 parts per billion, Burbank Water and Power and the City Council will continue to work toward their goal of 5 parts per billion, officials said. Since last December, Burbank's samples have ranged from 3 to 13 parts per billion, said Fred Lantz, BWP assistant general manager for water. To meet the goal of 5 parts per billion, BWP took one well out of production that was registering levels of 25 parts per billion or more, still below both federal and state standards.
March 7, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Burbank Water and Power was set to ask for an increased budget appropriation of $89.3 million at Tuesday's City Council meeting in order to meet its expenses and generate revenue from its trading activities. Faced with a volatile power market, BWP is asking for an extra $36.6 million for power supply costs than it had budgeted for the 2000-01 fiscal year, and $52.7 million to be used in its trading activities. "It's understandable because of the energy crisis," City Manager Bud Ovrom said.
July 25, 2001
Karen S. Kim HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- As of last week, the trash that Burbank residents nonchalantly toss in their garbage bins might be the very thing that's powering their televisions, garage doors, lights and kitchen appliances. Burbank Water and Power began operating 10 microturbines -- energy generators roughly the size of refrigerators -- at Burbank's landfill in the Hillside District on July 16. California Gov. Gray Davis announced Monday that Burbank is California's first full-time landfill power plant using microturbine technology.
August 29, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Faced with unseasonably cool temperatures, falling costs for power and successful conservation efforts by Burbank residents, Burbank Water and Power is flipping one if its big switches to the "off" position. Just three weeks after coming on line, the 50-megawatt Magnolia No. 4 power plant has been shut down. BWP spent about $1 million to make Magnolia No. 4 operational again after spot prices of power were predicted to soar this summer.