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Waynoka Customer Hull Receives Rebate Checks Totaling $10,746
for Installing Geothermal Heat Pump System
Waynoka Mayor Mike Whipple and Palma Lough, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Member Services Energy Services Specialist, presented Waynoka customers Dwight Hull and Dr. Susie Hull with rebate checks in the amounts of $5,970 and $4,776 for the installation of a geothermal heat pump system at the Medical Clinic on behalf of the city and the OMPA Board of Directors. The rebate checks were made available because of the city’s participation in OMPA’s Oklahoma Comfort Program (OCP) and OMPA’s WISE Rebate Program. The presentation took place during the City Council meeting on October 17th in City Hall. Mr. Hull and Dr. Susie Hull own the building that houses the Medical Clinic.
OMPA’s OCP, which officially ended on September 14, 2012, used funds from the Stimulus State Energy Program (SSEP), as administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, to provide residential energy audits and rebates for Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) systems. OMPA administered the project, with assistance from the Geothermal Resources Council. ClimateMaster Inc., a large Oklahoma-based manufacturer of GHP equipment, provided in-kind contribution to the project in the form of staff time, training for the public and professionals involved in the installation of GHPs, program promotion and other benefits.
In participating cities like Waynoka, this was in addition to the current OMPA WISE Rebate of $800 per ton for qualifying GHP installations. The WISE program continues to offer rebates to commercial and residential customers who install GHP systems.
Customers who install GHP systems benefit from lower heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, GHP systems can save customers 30 to 50 percent off the costs of heating and cooling compared with older systems. In addition, GHP systems help OMPA member cities lower their electricity peaks in the summer and add winter load (when electric energy is at its cheapest). Both of these improve the load factors of the member cities and lower the cities’ bills from OMPA, as well as lowering the Authority’s operational costs, which mitigate future rate increases.
Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 39 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.