For Immediate Release
Contact: Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405-359-2500
OMPA Congratulates Senator Inhofe on receiving the
NERO Achievement in Excellence Award
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) today congratulated U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) on receiving the National Energy Resources Organization (NERO) Achievement in Excellence Award for 2014. The award was presented to Senator Inhofe at NERO’s Annual Awards Dinner on June 4, 2014. NERO is a non-partisan, national organization that promotes public awareness of energy issues. Its members include representatives from nearly every segment of the energy community, including the American Public Power Association, the national service organization representing OMPA and more than 2,000 other state- and locally-owned electric power utilities.
“OMPA is proud to congratulate Senator Inhofe on this well-deserved award,” said David Osburn, OMPA General Manager. “Senator Inhofe has been a long-time leader in both the state of Oklahoma and the world of energy. We appreciate his diligent efforts on the issues facing our industry.”
As a leader on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Inhofe has consistently worked toward an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. He has provided a clear voice in opposition to regulatory overreach, particularly at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Senator Inhofe is also a lead Senate sponsor of the Public Power Risk Management Act, legislation approved unanimously in the House of Representatives last summer, which is currently pending in the Senate. This important bill would reverse Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules that limit public power utilities’ ability to hedge against fuel and power price fluctuations. Senator Inhofe’s bill would help keep utility rates stable—and affordable—for the nearly 200,000 Oklahoma homes and businesses served by public power.
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.