Gaffney BPW News
For the third consecutive time, Gaffney Board of Public Works has earned a Platinum Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.   The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Board of Public Works joins more than 275 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.  “Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor and demonstrates a utility’s commitment to implementing industry best practices in utility operations,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “RP3 utilities are consistently looking to improve their workforce, system reliability, and safety to serve their communities better.”   “This is a great honor,” said Donnie Hardin, BPW General Manager. “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power our community. We have a very dedicated and hard-working electrical crew, and it’s nice to be recognized as among the ‘best of the best’ on a national level.”
(Update: 4/17/2020) The Rifle Range will reopen Tuesday, April 21st  with normal operating hours.  However, the boat landing will remain closed to the public.  We have just started our annual preventative algae treatment at Lake Whelchel.  We estimate this process will last until the middle or end of next week.  The Lake Whelchel boat landing will remain closed to the public until this preventative treatment is completed.  We will notify the public when the boat landing can be reopened.  We anticipate having the boat landing open no later than Saturday, April 25TH  with normal operating hours. The picnic area will not reopen or be available for groups to use.  Once these facilities reopen, we strongly encourage everyone maintain proper social distancing for the protection of the public and our employees.   We appreciate your cooperation. (Update: 4/14/2020) We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures with respect to concerns about COVID-19. On March 18th, in response to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, we adjusted our disconnect policy and suspended disconnections, electric and water, as Governor McMaster requested of all utility providers. However, state officials emphasized all customers still have an obligation to pay their bill for utility services eventually. We cannot provide electricity and water for free because if we did, as a non-profit, other customers would have to cover those costs through higher rates. We want to continue to have the lowest residential electric rates in South Carolina. In order to keep your bill from growing to an unmanageable amount, please continue to pay on time. Our suspension of disconnections has been extended until April 30, 2020. Residential customers will not incur a late fee until that date. (Update: 3/30/2020) South Carolina Governor McMaster has ordered the closure of all public access points to the states beaches, as well as closure of all public boat ramps, landings, and other public access points on state lakes, rivers, and access points.  Because of this order the boat ramp, landing, and picnic shelter at Lake Whelchel is closed to the public until further notice.  In addition, the Board of Public Works Rifle Range will also be closed to the public until further notice.  (Update: 3/26/2020) We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures with respect to concerns about COVID-19. On March 18th, in response to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, we adjusted our disconnect policy and suspended disconnections, electric and water, as Governor McMaster requested of all utility providers. However, state officials emphasized all customers still have an obligation to pay their bill for utility services eventually. We cannot provide electricity and water for free because if we did, as a non-profit, other customers would have to cover those costs through higher rates. We want to continue to have the lowest residential electric rates in South Carolina. In order to keep your bill from growing to an unmanageable amount, please continue to pay on time. Our suspension of disconnections has been extended until an undetermined future date. Residential customers will not be charged a late penalty or fee. We will provide customers at least a 2-week notice, on our webpage and Facebook page, when the disconnection policy returns to normal. Financial Assistance: In an effort to assist customers who have a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, the Board is donating an additional $25,000 to our Project Hope Fund. Project Hope is funded by the Board and customers who participate in the round-up program. This fund provides financial assistance to Board of Public Works customers through Peach Center Ministries. You can contact Peach Center Ministries at 489-2549. Their office is located at 518 N. Limestone Street here in Gaffney.
To safeguard the health of our customers and employees, with respect to Corvid-19 (Coronavirus), the Board of Public Works lobby will be closed to the public until further notice.  Our Drive-Thru Window will remain open 7:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Thursday.  Customers may also make payments using the automated kiosk located at our office, by calling 1-888-222-0456, or by accessing our Smart Hub App at www.gbpw.com
Once again, Gaffney Board of Public Works has the lowest electric rates of all electric utility companies in the state of South Carolina. A survey, released by Piedmont Municipal Power Agency on Monday, shows BPW on the bottom of the list of S.C. electric providers that is ranked from highest rates to lowest.
As of about 10:30 this morning, power restoration should be 100% complete. If you are still without power, please call us at 488-8800 to let us know....