Spiro Public Schools receives DEEP rebate for $24,695

The Town of Spiro and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $24,695 to Spiro Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements inside the district. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The district recently completed an upgrade to high-efficiency LED lighting that reduced its energy demand by 260 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 66 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the Town of Spiro. 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 Spiro Public Schools

The Town of Spiro and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $24,695 to Spiro Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements inside the district. The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The district recently completed an upgrade to high-efficiency LED lighting that reduced its energy demand by 260 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 66 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the Town of Spiro. 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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Hall joins board, Greff named Treasurer

Chuck Hall of Perry was selected to join the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Dec. 8 in Edmond. He takes over a board term at OMPA that will last through October, 2019. He will need to be confirmed by the electors at the Annual Electors’ Meeting in the fall of 2017. Hall previously served on the OMPA board for six years during his time as Mayor of Perry.  He resigned his spot on the board and his position as Mayor of Perry to accept a three-year term on the Board of the Directors at the Oklahoma City Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in December of 2013.  Subsequently, Perry appointed another representative to serve on the OMPA Board. Aside from his stint as mayor of his home town, Hall also is Chairman and CEO of Exchange Bank and Trust Company of Perry. He is the third generation of a banking family with a legacy spanning more than 130 years. Hall was the Director of Government Relations for the Oklahoma Bankers Association from 1991-94. The OMPA board also on Dec. 8 appointed Jim Greff of Prague to serve as its Treasurer.  Greff joined the board in August of 2014 and has served as city manager at Prague for the last 10 years. He has worked for the city for 35 years in...

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New Director of Operations at OMPA

Melie Vincent took over as Director of Operations for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority on Nov. 14. A native of Kentucky, Vincent has an extensive background in the power industry. She began her career as an economic analyst at Big Rivers Electric Corporation, before becoming the market settlements analyst for ACES Power Marketing, assisting in the development of settlement processes. She then served as the power supply manager for Brazos Electric Cooperative, assuming responsibility for real-time to long-term generation portfolio deployment. Before coming to OMPA, Vincent joined strategy and business development at Midcontinent Independent System Operation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Indiana. The Director of Operations at OMPA directs the planning, implementation and overseeing of all facets of power scheduling and training. The director also aids in coordination between OMPA, the Southwest Power Pool, engineering consultants and management.   The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 42 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000...

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OMPA member city elected officials and staff meet with Senator and Representatives

On Friday, October 14, elected officials and staff from the City of Tecumseh and the City of Prague, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Jason Smalley (District 28), Representative Josh Cockroft (District 27) and Representative Kevin Wallace (District 32) over lunch in Tecumseh. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the legislators on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The legislators, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Jason Smalley, District 28; Representative Josh Cockroft, District 27; Representative Kevin Wallace, District 32, Jimmy Stokes, Tecumseh City Manager; Eddy Parker, Tecumseh Mayor; John Collier, Tecumseh City Councilmember; Sharon Stewart, Tecumseh City Councilmember; Cathy Condit, Tecumseh City Clerk, Jim Greff, Prague City Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel, Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations...

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OMPA member city elected officials and staff meet with Senator-elect

On Tuesday, September 27, elected officials and staff from the City of Yale and staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator-elect Tom Dugger (District 21) over lunch in Yale. The purpose of this meeting was to educate the Senator elect on the history of OMPA and the unique role we play with our member cities. The Senator-elect, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding issues facing OMPA and our member cities, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator-elect Tom Dugger, District 21; Phillip Kelly, City of Yale Police Chief and Interim City Manager; Tom Mendenhall, City of Yale Commissioner; Deanna Couch, City of Yale Clerk and Tom Hurst, City of Yale Electric Superintendent; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager, Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations...

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