Another DEEP Rebate Awarded to University of Central Oklahoma

With the completion of a second round of energy-efficiency improvements, the University of Central Oklahoma was awarded another rebate check during a presentation on its campus on Aug. 25. Representatives from the City of Edmond and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, presented a check for $85,705 to the university. This was Phase 2 of a campus lighting improvement project. A previous check of $64,825 was presented to the university in April. The rebates are part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. The university is eligible for the program because it is a customer of Edmond Electric. For this project, a series of lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting that are expected to reduce the university’s energy demand by 427.23 kilowatts. The previous phase had a reduction of 348 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. So far for 2017, the 48 projects awarded DEEP rebates have a combined expected demand reduction of 2,754 kilowatts. For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the City of Edmond. 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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OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Oklahoma State Senator and Representative

  On Friday, July 28, the cities of Goltry, Ponca City, Pond Creek and Tonkawa, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Pederson (District 19) and Representative Pfeiffer (District 38) over lunch in Pond Creek at Mayor Stinson’s restaurant. 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 Roland Pederson, District 19; Representative John Pfeiffer, District 38; Vernon Smith, Goltry Councilmember; Homer Nicholson, Ponca City Mayor; Steve Stinson, Pond Creek Mayor; Art Curl, Pond Creek Business Manager; Mike Peterman, Pond Creek Electric Superintendent; Charlotte Hoar, Pond Creek Clerk-Treasurer; several other employees from Pond Creek; Kenneth Smith, Tonkawa Mayor; Kirk Henderson, Tonkawa City Manager; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel 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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DEEP Rebate Awarded to Purcell Public Schools

The City of Purcell and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $25,537 to Purcell 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 203 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. 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 Purcell. 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 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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