OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Representative Newton

On Wednesday, June 27, the cities of Fairview and Mooreland, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Representative Carl Newton (District 58) over lunch in Woodward. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the representative on the history of OMPA and the unique role we serve with our member cities. The representative, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding legislative issues OMPA encounters and the potential effect it could have on us and our members, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Representative Carl Newton, District 58; Melinda Gould, Fairview City Clerk; Gary Swymeler, Fairview Police Chief; Bobby Kehn, Mooreland Town Administrator and Police Chief; Billy Bojorquez, Mooreland Public Works Director; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Manager of Member Services. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was 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 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Oklahoma State Senator and Representatives

On Thursday, June 7, the cities of Comanche, Duncan and Marlow, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Scott (District 43), Representative Boles (District 51), Representative McEntire (District 50), Bryson Panas, Field Representative for US Senator James Inhofe, and Thomas Lewis, Field Representative for Congressman Tom Cole over lunch in Marlow. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the legislators and federal staff on the history of OMPA and the unique role we serve with our member cities. The legislators, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding legislative issues OMPA encounters and the potential effect it could have on us and our members, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Paul Scott, D-43; Representative Brad Boles, D-51; Representative McEntire, D-50; Bryson Panas, Field Rep. for Senator James Inhofe; Thomas Lewis, Field Rep. for Congressman Tom Cole, Chuck Ralls, City Manager of Comanche and OMPA Board Member; Smokey Dobbins, Mayor of Comanche; David Yeager, Director of Duncan Power and OMPA Board Member; Jason McPherson, City Manager of Marlow and OMPA Board Member; Brian Davis, Mayor of Marlow; Jeff Prater, Vice Mayor of Marlow; Tom Wheat, Marlow Trustee; Danny Glover, Marlow Councilmember; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager, Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a not-for-profit organization, established in Title 11, the Municipal Code of the Oklahoma statutes. OMPA was 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 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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UCO Project Continues With More Rebates

The City of Edmond and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $16,290 to the University of Central Oklahoma for a recent project that improved the energy efficiency of the school. The rebate was presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. This was the third of three rebates awarded UCO in the past 14 months as part of the program. All three involved energy-efficiency improvements gained from upgrading lights to LEDs throughout campus buildings. In all, the three rebates totaled $166,821. The projects will reduce the peak demand on campus by 860 kilowatts. This most-recent phase of the project will result in a reduction in peak demand of 84 kilowatts. 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 more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the City of Edmond. 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 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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DEEP Rebate Awarded to Lexington Public Schools

The City of Lexington and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $9,338 to Lexington Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements throughout the district. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The rebate was given because lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting in school buildings. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 149.81 kilowatts. 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. The program passed a threshold in 2017 with more than $1 million being handed out during its seven-plus-year history. The reduction of peak demand since the inception of the program comes out to a rebate total of just $153 dollars per kilowatt, well below the cost-per-kilowatt for building new generation. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the City of Lexington. 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 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it...

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OMPA’s Drake Rice inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame for Cities and Towns

OMPA’s Director of Member Services, Drake Rice, along with four other officials were inducted on September 14 into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. The inductees are the 56th through 60th inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame since 2001. Other inductees included: Marilyn Kay Andrews, Former Mayor (deceased), Ponca City; Elaine Grace Carr, Mayor, West Siloam Springs; Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City and Michael R. “Mike” Nunneley, Town Administrator, Mannford. Formed in 1999, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Foundation recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements or contributions to city and town government. To be selected, an honoree must make significant contributions to Oklahoma local government, through their positive spirit of public service, with unquestioned ethics. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Foundation is supported by the Oklahoma Municipal League, The Mayors Council of Oklahoma, the City Management Association of Oklahoma, the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group, the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association. Prior to joining OMPA, Rice was the former assistant City Manager in Cushing and City Manager of Blackwell and Prague. Rice has been with OMPA since 1984 and was one of the people most responsible for the formation of...

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