Blackwell Municipal Authority Recertified in CUP Program

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Blackwell Municipal Authority Recertified in CUP Program

During the City of Blackwell’s City Commissioner meeting on May 6th, Mayor Mark Cordell was presented with a $20,000 check by Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Member Services Media Specialist, on behalf of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors, recertifying the Blackwell Municipal Authority as a Competitive Utility.

OMPA’s Competitive Utility Program (CUP) is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides the 39 member cities with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utilities, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry.  This program provides two types of reward – recognition in the form of certification, and financial rewards, which includes the check for $20,000.

The Blackwell Municipal Authority was first certified as a Competitive Utility on May 1, 2001.  The municipally owned utility is recertified from May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2015.

“For the citizens of Blackwell, CUP certification means that your community-owned electric utility is committed to excellence in its operation and delivery of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity.  The Blackwell Municipal Authority is here to be of service and help to all of its consumers,” said Mark Skiles, City Manager.

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 39 municipal electric utilities.  OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities.  The members of OMPA serve approximately two-hundred and fifty-thousand Oklahomans.

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