DEEP Rebate Awarded to Ponca City Schools

The City of Ponca City and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $96,553 to Ponca City 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 throughout the district. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 945 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. This is the largest DEEP rebate ever awarded in Ponca City. 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. The program recently passed a threshold 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 is 7,040 kilowatts, which 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 Ponca City. 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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City of Pawhuska Receives Electric Safety Award from Trade Association

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the City of Pawhuska, and Pawhuska Electric, which operates the city’s electric system, placed First in the association’s annual Electric Safety Competition in Oklahoma.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities under 10,000 population. Pawhuska is being recognized for its perfect safety record for 2016.  The utility’s personnel went the year without a reportable lost work time incident, either “days away from work,” “restricted light duty,” or “medical treatment” cases.  Pawhuska participates in the MESO Job Training and Safety program as one resource for ensuring safe work practices. MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to Pawhuska. “As important as electric system reliability is to citizens, knowing that each and every day, the work is being performed correctly and safely should be a source of pride for Pawhuska customers. The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.” Rider said.  “This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.” MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member utilities provide non-profit electric services and electric power generation to some 750,000 people in four states.  The City of Pawhuska purchases its energy from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.   To insure fast response to emergencies, Pawhuska is also a signatory to Mutual Aid Agreements in the region.  These agreements are recognized by FEMA for use in the event of emergency or natural disaster.  Utilities in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma agree through the program on the conditions under which assistance may be received in an emergency ahead of the event so there are no delays in responding to the needs of another...

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City of Marlow Receives Electric Safety Award from Trade Association

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the City of Marlow, and Marlow Electric, which operates the city’s electric system, placed First in the association’s annual Electric Safety Competition in Oklahoma.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities under 10,000 population with the Don Howland Electric Operations & Safety Award. Marlow is being recognized for its perfect safety record for 2016.  The utility’s personnel went the year without a reportable lost work time incident, either “days away from work,” “restricted light duty,” or “medical treatment” cases.  Marlow participates in the MESO Job Training and Safety program as one resource for ensuring safe work practices. MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to Marlow. “As important as electric system reliability is to citizens, knowing that each and every day, the work is being performed correctly and safely should be a source of pride for Marlow customers. The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.” Rider said.  “This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.” MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member utilities provide non-profit electric services and electric power generation to some 750,000 people in four states.  The City of Marlow purchases its energy from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority. To insure fast response to emergencies, Marlow is also a signatory to Mutual Aid Agreements in the region.  These agreements are recognized by FEMA for use in the event of emergency or natural disaster.  Utilities in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma agree through the program on the conditions under which assistance may be received in an emergency ahead of the event so there are no delays in responding to the needs of another...

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Senator Scott tours the McClain Plant

On Wednesday, July 12, Senator Paul Scott (District 43) was given a tour of the McClain Power Plant located near Newcastle, Oklahoma. The tour was led by McClain Plant Manager, Tony Shook of OG&E. The McClain Plant is a 520-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant. OMPA has a 23 percent (120-megawatts) ownership of the plant. OG&E is the majority owner and operator of the plant. McClain began commercial operation in 2001. Those in attendance at today’s tour were Senator Paul Scott (D-43); David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. and Tony Shook, OG&E McClain Plant Manager. 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 Senators and Representatives

On Friday, June 30, the cities of Comanche, Duncan and Walters, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Kidd (District 31), Senator Scott (District 43), Representative McEntire (District 50) and Representative Park (District 65) over lunch in Duncan. 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 Chris Kidd, District 31; Senator Paul Scott, District 43; Representative Marcus McEntire, District 50; Representative Scooter Park, District 65; Chuck Ralls, Comanche City Manager; David Yeager, Duncan Power Electric Director; Shawn Strange, Walters City Manager; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager 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 affo rdable 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 serves....

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OMPA Board Member, Dave Slezickey, Receives National Award

Dave Slezickey, City Manager of Kingfisher and OMPA Board Member, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles. The seven hats they must wear are: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.   Known for his hands-on approach, Slezickey works with his team across electric, water and wastewater projects. The city recently completed the installation of a new billing system that can provide customers more information on their energy usage based on electronic metering data. In 2015, he led the community’s first celebration of Public Power Week, spreading the word about the benefits of community-owned public power. He has served as a board member for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, and, in 2016, he served as the president of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, the state’s public power trade association.   ###   The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. We represent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. Our association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power....

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