News Releases

BPUB Receives Grant for Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project

May 30, 2023

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) announces the award of $5 million from the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grant. This grant will specifically support BPUB’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. AMI is a state-of-the-art system aimed at improving the efficiency and accuracy of metering electric…

Terms of TEF Distribution Finalized

May 3, 2023

The distribution of the $31.35 million Tenaska Equity Fund (TEF) was finalized Tuesday night at a Brownsville City Commission meeting on May 2. Brownsville commissioners acted on a resolution approved May 1 by the Board of Directors of the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) based on recommendations made by a joint subcommittee of BPUB and…

BPUB Recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider

May 1, 2023

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) with the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® Diamond designation for its exceptional service and commitment to providing safe and reliable electric service to its customers. BPUB is now a four-time RP3 designation recipient — Platinum in 2014 and Diamond…

BPUB: Final Phase of Boca Chica Waterline Upgrade Project

April 25, 2023

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) Boca Chica Waterline Upgrade Project is moving to the final phase of construction on the installation of a 16-inch waterline along the south side of Boca Chica Boulevard. The final tie-in of the new waterline to the existing line on Owens Road will take place from Monday, May 1…

BPUB Update on Tenaska Equity Fund

April 12, 2023

BROWNSVILLE, TX – On Monday, April 10, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) Board of Directors voted to add BPUB’s net interest earned on the $29 million to the Tenaska Equity Fund (TEF). BPUB management determined that the total interest earned on the $29 million was $2,082,611, which was subsequently verified by external auditor Burton…

BPUB Board Congratulates Staff on GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

March 7, 2023

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Board of Directors of the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) wants to congratulate the BPUB Finance Department on receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the current fiscal period that started on Oct. 1, 2022. This is the 16th consecutive year BPUB receives this…

BPUB Provides Update on Tenaska Equity Fund Distribution

January 13, 2023

BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is working to determine its options for distributing the remaining $29 million from the Tenaska Equity Fund (TEF). Before any of that money is distributed, BPUB is required to satisfy the terms of its bond ordinance. Any distribution of the TEF requires BPUB demonstrate that this…

BPUB recognized for donating 75 olive saplings for Arbor Day event

November 30, 2022

The City of Brownsville supported the observance by hosting a tree planting and give-a-way event at the Historic Battlefield Trail site, located near the Alton Gloor crossing, near Burns Elementary. Brownsville Public Utilities Board donated 75 free olive saplings in honor of Texas Arbor Day.

BPUB Board Issues Statement on Tenaska Audit

October 11, 2022

It is clearly important that we respond to the audit in a measured, factual, and deliberate manner that takes into account what is best for the community, the City, and Brownsville PUB. We must do this quickly and in such a way that we capture the narrative of the audit with our collective objectives in…

BPUB: Stage 2 Water Restrictions Initiated

July 29, 2022

Due to dropping water reservoir levels, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) will implement water restrictions under Stage Two of the Drought Contingency Plan effective Friday, July 29, 2022. Stage Two is implemented when water levels at the Amistad and Falcon International Reservoirs reach 25 percent or 834,600 acre-feet. “Water conservation is vital to BPUB’s…