Electric Services and Rates
BPU’s Electric Department provides safe and reliable electricity to customers in Brainerd, portions of Baxter and surrounding townships. BPU takes public power seriously and strives to provide affordable electric rates to its customers.
Our professional and dedicated field crews are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, to ensure your lights stay on. BPU will continue to make investments in the future to ensure safe and reliable electricity for all of its customers.
Electric Service Rates
All rates are effective September 1, 2023, unless otherwise noted.
Each customer will also pay a power cost adjustment (PCA) each month based on the kWh that is used. The PCA is based on BPU’s cost of power purchased wholesale from American Energy Partners, Inc.
The monthly service charge applies to all rate classifications, regardless of usage on meter.
The residential electric rate is available to single phase residential customers that are served through one meter at a voltage of 120/240 volts. Each apartment or dwelling unit shall be considered a single private residence.
Residential Dual Fuel
A dual fuel system uses two independent heating systems to heat your home. BPU dual fuel customers use electricity as the primary source of heat. Propane, fuel oil, or natural gas can be used as the back-up heat source. The back-up heat source must be automatic and of adequate size to heat your home during peak interruptions. For example, an electric heat source, such as a plenum heater, with fuel oil, propane, natural gas or electric storage heat as the back-up heating system would qualify.
This program is available to customers who already have an electric service. This rate is interruptible up to 400 hours per season and will be remotely controlled by BPU to prevent excessive peak usage. The space heating load will be separately metered and may be interruptible at any time. This type of service is single phase or three phase, 60 hertz, at available secondary voltage.
Residential Off Peak
This program is available to customers receiving electric service along with another electric rate schedule. This rate is for interruptible service to energy loads, which are remotely controlled by BPU. This space heating load will be separately metered. Service under this schedule will be available for approximately eight (8) hours per day, normally 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. or as established by BPU. This type of service is single phase or three phase, 60 hertz, at available secondary voltage.
BPU offers a security lighting program. The security lighting is available to both residential and commercial customers. BPU maintains the security light. This service is offered for a monthly fee of $12.50 (+tax) per security light. A Security Light Agreement has to be signed before a light can be installed.
Off Peak Heating
An off peak heating customer uses electricity as their primary source of heat. An off peak heating system utilizes a thermal (heat) storage system that heats up during off peak times, typically 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. In-floor electric mats, electric boilers for in floor hot water heat, and brick storage units are all examples of storage heat system. The heat is then released into your house the following day to provide 100% of your heating as needed.
Off Peak Electric Hot Water Storage
An off peak water heating customer is required to have a 120 gallon or larger, UL approved, water heater installed. The water heater storage system heats water during off peak times, typically 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The heated water can then be used anytime during the day.