DEEP rebate awarded at UCO

The City of Edmond and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $64,825 to the University of Central Oklahoma for recent energy efficiency improvements throughout the university campus.

The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA.

A series of lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting on campus facilities. The enhancements are expected to reduce the university’s energy demand by 348 kilowatts.

This is just the first phase of the lighting replacement at UCO, which includes the installation of more than 40,000 fixtures. Additional phases at the university will also be eligible for DEEP rebates.

DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 members with their qualified customers to reduce electric service energy demand and costs. The program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers – including schools and government buildings – that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. Projects include changing out lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors for more energy-efficient equipment.

These energy improvements help OMPA delay the time in which it needs to add expensive generation capacity.

For 2016, OMPA awarded 69 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts.