Robert Johnston Named OMPA Chairman

Robert Johnston was confirmed as the sixth Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority at a monthly board meeting on Jan. 10 in Edmond. Johnston, the City Manager at Frederick, replaces former Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, who passed unexpectedly on Dec. 11 and was OMPA’s longest-serving chair. Johnston had previously served as the Vice...

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OMPA General Manager Elected to APPA Board

OMPA General Manager David W. Osburn was elected to the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors at the association’s national conference in New Orleans on June 20. The APPA is the national advocacy and advisory group for the nation’s 2,000-plus Public Power utilities. Association board members are chosen to represent 10 regions across the country....

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OMPA to join Midwest Reliability Organization

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) has a new Regional Entity (RE) after the dissolution of its previous entity last year. REs are electric reliability compliance authorities. They provide Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) auditing and enforcement functions for the utilities under their umbrella. On May 4, FERC granted approval for OMPA to join the...

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OMPA’s Drake Rice Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) has honored the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s Drake Rice for his 45-plus years of commitment to Public Power, the communities he served and continues to serve, with a 2018 MESO Lifetime Achievement Award. Rice began his career in city management as an intern for the City of Cushing. He moved from there to serve as...

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OMPA hosts legislative luncheon

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority story was told during an annual luncheon with state legislators in Oklahoma City on March 27. This was the third straight spring for OMPA to host such a luncheon, which provides the Authority an opportunity to educate legislators on the role of a joint action agency and the value the state’s municipal utilities bring to the...

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