Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) (Tonkawa) Receives DEEP Rebate Check

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047

Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) (Tonkawa) Receives DEEP Rebate Check For $36,789.73 For Lighting Upgrades

On September 11th, Tonkawa Mayor Joe Lewallen, Kirk Henderson, Tonkawa Interim City Manager, and Cindy L. Holman, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) General Manager, presented a $36,789.73 rebate check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) to Dr. Cheryl L. Evans, Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) (Tonkawa) President, for lighting upgrades in the campus buildings on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors.  The lighting improvements were campus wide and included administration and housing facilities. 

 Larry Dye, NOC Associate Vice President, Physical Operations; Ray Weidman, NOC Assistant Director of Physical Plant Operations; Tom Willis, OMPA Member Services Energy Engineer; and Joe Belda, Retro Tech Systems, also attended the presentation held in the President’s Board Room on the campus located at 1220 East Grand Avenue in Tonkawa.  Dye and Weidman coordinated the lighting upgrade on the NOC campus with guidance from Dr. Evans.  Belda assisted with the installation of the lighting provided by Johnson Controls.

 According to Willis, “The lighting upgrade reduced electrical demand by 186.8 kW and resulted in energy savings of over 800,000 kWh annually.  The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible for our member cities and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system.  This allows member cities to hold the line on electric rates that are charged to their customers.”  “It is a win-win situation for our cities and their electric customers,” added Willis.

DEEP assists OMPA’s 39 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 funds available for approved projects are determined by the OMPA Board of Directors.  Funding for individual projects is determined through submission of detailed project plans.  Applicants must be a customer of an OMPA member city.  For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at or contact Willis at

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (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 39 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma.