Ralls Selected to OMPA Board

Chuck Ralls of Comanche was selected to fill a vacancy on the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors at its regular board meeting June 8 in Edmond. Ralls has been the City Manager for the City of Comanche since March of 2016. The board term he is filling will last through September of 2017, at which point he would be eligible for a full three-year term. Ralls is a native and fourth-generation resident of Comanche. His grandfather, Earl, worked for the city for 42 years, including as both Public Works Director and City Manager. Chuck Ralls joined the City of Comanche after a lengthy career in private employment, mostly in the industries of laboratory design and petroleum fueling system design. Ralls was selected as the Comanche Chamber Member of the Year in his first year as the City Manager, and also received the 2016 Keep Oklahoma Beautiful “Best Government Clean-Up” award. He serves on several committees, including the Comanche Chamber of Commerce, as the Vice Chair of the South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority and as the Vice Chair of Great Plains Country. A wholesale power supplier with 42 municipal members throughout Oklahoma, OMPA is governed by its 11-member Board of Directors, who are elected by representatives of the members. The board is comprised of elected officials, city managers and others who are involved in the operating or governing of their electric systems. Board members serve staggered three-year terms, with one-third of them coming up for election each year. OMPA has delivered power to Comanche since July, 1985, making the city one of the original 26 members of the...

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DEEP program reaches milestone

The Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) has hit an awards milestone. The commercial rebate program, administered by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), recently topped the $1 million mark for rebates handed out during its seven-year-plus history. With the addition of a large rebate presented in Edmond on May 12, DEEP has now awarded 211 projects for $1,080,596. The program is designed to reduce the peak load of commercial customers of all 42 OMPA members. Doing so can allow the Authority to delay the time it needs to build or purchase expensive generating plants. An estimated 7,040 kilowatts of peak demand have been reduced throughout the program’s history, which comes out to a rebate total of just $153 dollars per kilowatt, well below the cost-per-kilowatt for building new generation. The majority of DEEP’s rebates have been for energy-efficiency improvements from lighting replacements, though the program also has awarded projects involving HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps, motors and more. To qualify for a rebate, the work must be in Oklahoma and the customer must be served by an OMPA utility. The load must be classified as non-residential and be operating during the summer billing period of May through September, as well as the daily hours of 2-8 p.m. City-owned facilities can qualify for a rebate. Pre- and post-installation inspections are...

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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...

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Tonkawa Public Schools awarded $13,218 DEEP rebate

The City of Tonkawa and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $13,218 to Tonkawa 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. Pictured, from left, are Josef Schrader, Oklahoma LED; Ken Smith, Tonkawa Mayor; Lori Simpson, Superintendent Tonkawa Public Schools; Jerry Shelton, OMPA Energy Services Manager; and Tonkawa City Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Skipper. A series of lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting in school facilities. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 135 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 2016, OMPA awarded 69 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts. 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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Fort Supply earns CUP certification for first time

The Town of Fort Supply was presented a $20,000 check by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority during Tuesday’s council meeting, recognizing the town for being officially certified in the Competitive Utility Program (CUP). OMPA became the town’s wholesale power supplier in 2015. This certification, a first for Fort Supply, was approved by the OMPA board at its February meeting. CUP is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides OMPA’s 42 members with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utility, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry. The program provides two types of reward – recognition, in the form of certification; and financial rewards, which include the check for $20,000. Fort Supply will also receive 1.5 points in credit toward its wholesale power bill during winter months for meeting additional criteria related to management policies and transfers to the general fund. CUP-certified members can be recertified in the program every two years, and they are eligible for the $20,000 award each...

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