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During the Edmond City Council Meeting on October 25th, David W. Osburn, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Assistant General Manager, presented a $5,677.36 check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) to Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas for replacement of motors in the Edmond Waste Water Treatment Plant on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors.
DEEP assists OMPA’s 37 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs. This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors. The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system.
“This project demonstrates the commitment by the City of Edmond and its leaders to undertake measures that reduce demand for electricity during peak hours, while improving the overall energy efficiency of the treatment plant,” said Osburn.
Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Engineer, explained that the plan “to replace the old inefficient motors in the waste water treatment plant with premium motors was initiated in May of this year. The new 14 motors range from 100 HP down to 25 HP.”
Willis added, “Prior to the installation of the new motors, the efficiencies of the existing motors varied from 84 percent to 89 percent. The new motors have increased these efficiencies from 93.6 percent to 95.4 percent resulting in a savings of 224,000 kWh annually or 28 kW of demand.”
The funds available for approved projects under this program are determined by the OMPA Board. Funds available for an individual project will be determined through submission of detailed project plans. For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at www.ompa.com or contact Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members. The Authority presently serves 37 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma. This year OMPA is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing wholesale power and services to its members.