Current BMU Alerts

Due to forecasted high temperatures across the PJM region, Bryan Municipal Utilities has received a notification to reduce local electric loads from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Tuesday, August 25 through Friday, August 28, to avoid additional capacity charges from the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) Interconnection regional transmission operator and also transmission costs from American Electric Power (AEP).

We respectfully request your voluntary assistance in reducing peak electric demands from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you have processes that can be interrupted, operated at reduced levels for a few hours, or scheduled to a different time without creating major business disruptions, it will help make a difference. If you can simply turn off any unnecessary lights, air compressors, computers, or other electrically powered equipment, or set cooling thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature, it will also help. Collectively, even small efforts can make an impact.

BMU plans to operate the Municipal Power Plant generating units, Bryan Solar Field, and Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant during these peak demand periods. We will also interrupt the operation of the Water Department well pumps and water treatment plant and rely on the City’s two water towers to maintain system pressure. At the utility office, we will turn off unnecessary lights and electrically-powered equipment and set cooling thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature.

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) will again ask for customer assistance in managing peak electric demands during periods of hot, humid weather this summer in an effort to save money on local electric bills.

A significant portion of BMU’s power supply cost is based on how much electricity the community uses during peak demand periods. These peak demand periods typically occur on hot, humid summer weekdays between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.—when air conditioner use is heavy.

“We operate the municipal power plant generators, Bryan Solar Field and Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant to reduce electric use during peak demand periods,” said BMU Operations Manager Dawn Fitzcharles. “We also interrupt the operation of the municipal well pumps and water treatment plant and rely on our two elevated storage tanks (water towers) to maintain system pressure during the interruption.”

Fitzcharles says local electric consumers can help save money on their bills through simple actions such as turning off unnecessary lights, drawing window blinds and setting air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees during peak demand periods.

BMU plans to notify customers when their voluntary assistance is needed by issuing Peak Alerts through social media and local media outlets. The Peak Alerts will include easy tips
on how consumers can reduce electric use during peak demand hours.

“Community response to Peak Alerts in the past has been terrific,” Fitzcharles added. “By working together, we can help keep everyone’s electric bills lower.”

Customers are encouraged to check the BMU Facebook page and website for Peak Alert information and easy tips to help reduce peak electric demands.