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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OMPA Board Chairman, Charles Lamb, receives American Public Power Association’s public official award

Charles Lamb, mayor of Edmond and OMPA Board Chairman, received the Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association.     Lamb served on the Edmond City Council for 15 years before being appointed mayor in 2011. He is a longtime supporter of public power and has actively engaged legislators at the state and federal level on critical issues. He has been on the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority board for 23 years—serving as chairman for the past 16—and he is the first elected official to receive the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Ray Duffy Personal Service Award for outstanding service to public power. A long-time community volunteer, Lamb has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Edmond Urban Forestry Commission. In 2006, he was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials.   ###   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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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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OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Senator Pugh and Representative Osburn

On Friday, April 28, staff from the City of Edmond, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Adam Pugh (District 41) and Representative Mike Osburn (District 81) over lunch at the OMPA headquarters in Edmond. 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. Senator Pugh and Representative Osburn also got to tour and learn more information about OMPA’s 24/7 Operations Department and how power supply units are dispatched. Those in attendance were: Senator Adam Pugh, District 41; Representative Mike Osburn, District 81; Larry Stevens, Edmond City Manager; Glenn Fisher, Director of Edmond Electric; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Drake Rice, Director of Member Services 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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