Henniges Automotive Receives DEEP Rebate Check

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5380

Henniges Automotive Receives DEEP Rebate Check

 During a special ceremony at the Henniges Automotive plant in Frederick on February 16th,  Mayor Eddie Whitworth and Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), presented a rebate check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) for the installation of energy efficient lighting at the plant on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors.  The amount of the rebate check was $39,386.12.

Mayor Whitworth said, “DEEP assists OMPA’s 38 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.”  He added, “The reduction of these demands helps 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 Henniges Automotive with the support of the City of Frederick and its leaders to undertake a lighting retrofit resulting in reduced demand for electricity during peak hours, while improving the energy efficiency of the Henniges plant,” said Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Engineer.  Willis added that “the new lighting will reduce their kilowatt (kW) demand by 199 kW and will reduce their kilowatthour (kWh) consumption by approximately 1,669,000 kWh.”  A kilowatthour is the basic unit of power supplied to or taken from an electric circuit steadily for one hour. 

“The City of Frederick has been a member of the OMPA power supply program since 1986,” stated Mayor Whitworth, “and programs like this are one of the reasons Frederick joined OMPA.”  In addition to Mayor Whitworth, Rice and Willis, Henry Owens, Frederick Electric Superintendent, Ronnie Cross, Henninges Plant Manager, and Doug Loftis, Henniges Facilities Manager, and Lighting Vendor Representative Eddie McAninch with Orion Energy Systems of Manitowoc, Wisconsin attended the presentation.

The funds available for approved projects will be 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 twillis@ompa.com.

According to its website, www.hennigesautomotive.com, “Henniges Automotive provides world class sealing system solutions to the global automotive market.  We utilize the talents of 4,500 associates located across 3 continents, 11 plants and 2 technical centers to design, manufacture and deliver innovate automotive sealing products to our customers.”

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 38 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma.