Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) General Manager Dan Wilkerson has announced his retirement effective June 30, after 34 years of service to BTU and its customers. In his retirement letter, Mr. Wilkerson stated: “I have seen many things improve over the years, and I believe the employees of BTU who brought about those changes are the best in the country.”
BTU has grown from 29,300 customers in 1984, when Mr. Wilkerson began to manage BTU, to 49,700 customers today. Under Mr. Wilkerson’s leadership, BTU's employees have kept rates below the level they were in 1984; improved working efficiencies with new technology so that 170 employees now do what 203 did in 1984; reduced outages both in number and duration; entered wholesale competition in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and competed successfully with large corporations; and financially planned the utility for rate stability, a good cash flow, and balanced debt obligations so that BTU carries an A+ credit with Rating Agencies.
“Dan has been a true servant to BTU’s customers. In my opinion Dan is without peer in the municipal electric industry,” Bryan’s Interim City Manager Kean Register said. Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski added, “I want to thank Dan for 34 years of service to Bryan taxpayers and BTU ratepayers. Whoever fills his role in the future definitely has big shoes to fill.”
Mr. Register indicated he will spend the time between now and June 30, determining the best process to fill the General Manager position at BTU.
Since 1909, when the City of Bryan first purchased its Electric Distribution System and 1919 when Bryan Power Company, now known as Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU), began generating its own electricity, BTU has provided reliable and affordable energy to the community. BTU is a consumer owned electric utility serving customers in Brazos, Burleson and Robertson counties in central Texas. Currently, BTU generates electricity at its Dansby power plant, located north of Bryan and the Atkins plant near downtown Bryan. BTU is also a partner with the cities of Denton, Garland and Greenville, Texas in the Texas Municipal Power Agency, which owns the Gibbons Creek generating station in Carlos, Texas. In a movement toward clean, renewable energy, a solar array was built outside the BTU headquarters in 2010 to supply power to the building and also to be used as an instructional mechanism for citizens to better comprehend the workings of solar power. In 2011, BTU began a 15 year power purchase agreement (PPA) to secure wind power and in 2012, commences a 25 year PPA to deploy a 10 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant. BTU prides itself on a caring attitude toward the environment and the development and release of innovative products and agreements to provide for the energy needs of its customers. BTU is accessible on the web at www.BTUtilities.com.