C.W. Burdick Power Plant

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C.W. Burdick Station
The C.W. Burdick Station is Grand Island's second power generating facility. It was named after Clarence W. Burdick, who was commissioner of the Grand Island Water, Light & Ice Dept. from October 6th, 1920 to November 30th, 1960. Mr. Burdick was a very progressive yet conservative director of utilities. He realized the importance of adequate and dependable supplies of electricity and water. Burdick Station became the central location where Grand Island's electricity was generated and distributed from 1956 to 1981. Burdick Station also became the central control center for the pumping and quality control of Grand Island's domestic water supply.
Today Burdick Station is used primarily as a standby power generating facility and continues to be the central control center for Grand Island's domestic water supply. Burdick Station frequently produces power in the summer months as Nebraska's heat and humidity increases the demand for electricity above what Platte Generating Station (PGS) can supply. PGS serves the Grand Island service area as it's primary power generator, as PGS uses abundant, inexpensive, low sulfur coal, and Burdick burns expensive natural gas and No. 6 fuel oil. Total net power generation at Burdick Station for 1996 was 15,852,971 kilowatt hours.

General Statistical Information

Metered Rates Per Month Unit No. 1 Unit No. 2 Unit No. 3 Gas Turbine No. 1 Gas Turbine No. 2 Gas Turbine No. 3
Year placed in service 1957 1963 1972 1968 2003 2003
Rated generation 16.5 mw 22 mw 54 mw 15 mw 40 mw 40 mw
Fuel Nat. gas / No. 6 fuel oil Nat. gas / No. 6 fuel oil Nat. gas / No. 6 fuel oil Nat. gas / No. 2 fuel oil Nat. gas / No. 2 fuel oil Nat. gas / No. 2 fuel oil
Make of turbine Allis/Chalmers Allis/Chalmers General Electric General Electric General Electric General Electric

The C.W. Burdick Station will serve the citizens of Grand Island into the foreseeable future as continued maintenance and upgrades to systems at the plant are planned. New digital control systems that help maximize power production efficiency and monitor plant emissions have been installed for Unit No. 3 and gas turbine No. 1, and control upgrades have been made to Units No. 1 and No. 2.

Water Statistical Information

Control of Grand Island's domestic water supply originates from Burdick Station. The Grand Island Utilities Department uses an integrated system of wells and pumps all operated from Burdick Station via remote control to manage water pressure through 200 miles of water distribution lines. In all, a total of eight high pressure pumps, four low pressure pumps, seven high pressure wells, and 26 low pressure wells supply water for Grand Island. All wells and pumps are electric driven, except for one large diesel high pressure water pump for use at times when electric power for water pumping may be interrupted.

Metered Rates per Month Fiscal Year 04/05 Fiscal Year 05/06 Fiscal Year 06/07 Fiscal Year 07/08 Fiscal Year 08/09
Total Water Distributed to GIUD Customers, millions of gallons - (Domestic supply, including industrial use) 4,445.0 million
4,426.5 million
4,184.6 million
4,063.1 million gallons 4,052.2 million gallons 
Total Water Pumped, Including Domestic and Power Generation, millions of gallons 5,160.1 million
5,194.6 million
5,018.7 million
 4,877.4 million gallons 4,773.0 million gallons 
Peak use of Domestic Water in One day 26,578,514 gallons 24,622,268 gallons 24,777,864 gallons  21,248,972 gallons 20,866,161 gallons 
Average Number of Water Customers 14,786 15,015 15,148 15,270