Established in 1913, Burbank Water and Power (BWP) is a community owned utility which primarily provides electric and water services to the residents and businesses of Burbank. As a community owned utility, BWP returns value to its customers, rather than investors, by providing its services using increasingly sustainable, reliable and safe methods, and through competitive utility rates. All told, within the City’s 17 square miles, BWP provides over 100,000 residents, and tens of thousands of more people during work week business hours, with excellent utility services.
BWP is committed to providing reliable, affordable and sustainable utility services to Burbank; these are three key tenets BWP uses to deliver value to the Burbank community. BWP’s power availability rate for Fiscal Year 2016-17 was a region leading 99.998%; or in other words the average Burbank resident could expect to experience only one electric service outage of just 23 minutes every three years. BWP’s average electric rates are lower than the California investor owned utilities and amongst the lowest in the region. BWP’s commitment to sustainability is strong; in 2007, BWP was the first utility to commit to 33% renewable energy by 2020.
BWP offers other valuable services to Burbank, including fiber optic services to businesses, free citywide wireless broadband service, and public access to dozens of electric vehicle charging stations. BWP is also the operator of SCPPA’s Magnolia Power Project (MPP). MPP is a large, very clean, highly efficient combined-cycle power plant that utilizes state-of-the art combined-cycle electric generation technology. MPP improves regional electric reliability dramatically by reducing dependence on long-distance interstate transmission lines.