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BPUB Observes Public Power Month

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is extending Public Power Week (Oct. 2-8) through the entire month of October by hosting an electrical community tour for residents, highlighting the benefits of public power and continuing outreach and education to customers about electrical rates and energy efficiency.

“Families in Brownsville and across the country have been facing ongoing inflation and higher utility bills this summer,” BPUB General Manager & CEO John S. Bruciak said. “The higher bills have been driven by hot weather and high fuel costs. Public Power Month is a great time to reflect on the benefits of being a part of a community-owned utility.”

BPUB invites community members to participate in a variety of Public Power Month events, including:

  • Newspapers in Education – The Oct. 2 edition of the Brownsville Herald will be one for parents and children, as it publishes about the benefits of public power, ways BPUB gives back to the community and recent changes in bills as well as some activities for the children.
  • Fall Community Tour: Electricity– On Friday, Oct. 21, residents will have the opportunity to tour BPUB’s Silas Ray Power Plant and Rio Grande substation, learn about fuel purchasing, and meter tampering, and watch a pole climbing demonstration by BPUB lineworkers. Register on the BPUB website. Seating is limited to 25.
  • Change A Light, Change the World – Due to supply chain issues, BPUB will be re-scheduling this event from October to Nov. 4-7. BPUB will distribute 7,500 LED light bulbs for free at all four HEB locations in Brownsville. Limit one per person.
  • Social Media – Learn about what’s changed in your bill, energy efficiency and conservation tips.


For more information about these activities, please contact the BPUB Communications & Public Relations Department at (956) 983-6247.