FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 4, 2013 – 11 am
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake N. Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/359-2500
Eastman National Bank Receives DEEP Rebate Check for $2,224.94
On October 4th, Jason Orr, City Manager for the City of Newkirk, presented Mary Austin, Vice President, Eastman National Bank, with a rebate check from Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) in the amount of $2,224.94 for recent upgrades to improve the efficiency of the HVAC units at the bank. Mark Detten, President and CEO, and Darin Kirchenbauer, CFO, of Eastman National Bank; Jane Thomas, City Clerk for the City of Newkirk; and Tom Willis, OMPA Member Services Energy Engineer, also attended the presentation at the bank located at 102 South Main Street.
According to Willis, “The upgrades to improve the efficiency of the HVAC units at the bank reduced the electrical demand by 13.9 kW, which will result in an energy savings of 45,889 kWh annually from these improvements. The savings from this reduction helps 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 the 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 the 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 www.ompa.com or contact Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal 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.