OMPA member city officials and staff meet with Representative Newton

On Wednesday, June 27, the cities of Fairview and Mooreland, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Representative Carl Newton (District 58) over lunch in Woodward. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the representative on the history of OMPA and the unique role we serve with our member cities. The representative, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding legislative issues OMPA encounters and the potential effect it could have on us and our members, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Representative Carl Newton, District 58; Melinda Gould, Fairview City Clerk; Gary Swymeler, Fairview Police Chief; Bobby Kehn, Mooreland Town Administrator and Police Chief; Billy Bojorquez, Mooreland Public Works Director; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Drake Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services and Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Manager of Member Services. 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 Oklahoma State Senator and Representatives

On Thursday, June 7, the cities of Comanche, Duncan and Marlow, along with staff from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), met with Senator Scott (District 43), Representative Boles (District 51), Representative McEntire (District 50), Bryson Panas, Field Representative for US Senator James Inhofe, and Thomas Lewis, Field Representative for Congressman Tom Cole over lunch in Marlow. The purpose of this meeting was to continue to educate the legislators and federal staff on the history of OMPA and the unique role we serve with our member cities. The legislators, city staff and OMPA had in depth discussions regarding legislative issues OMPA encounters and the potential effect it could have on us and our members, as well as our outlook on the future. Those in attendance were: Senator Paul Scott, D-43; Representative Brad Boles, D-51; Representative McEntire, D-50; Bryson Panas, Field Rep. for Senator James Inhofe; Thomas Lewis, Field Rep. for Congressman Tom Cole, Chuck Ralls, City Manager of Comanche and OMPA Board Member; Smokey Dobbins, Mayor of Comanche; David Yeager, Director of Duncan Power and OMPA Board Member; Jason McPherson, City Manager of Marlow and OMPA Board Member; Brian Davis, Mayor of Marlow; Jeff Prater, Vice Mayor of Marlow; Tom Wheat, Marlow Trustee; Danny Glover, Marlow Councilmember; 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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UCO Project Continues With More Rebates

The City of Edmond and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $16,290 to the University of Central Oklahoma for a recent project that improved the energy efficiency of the school. The rebate was presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA. This was the third of three rebates awarded UCO in the past 14 months as part of the program. All three involved energy-efficiency improvements gained from upgrading lights to LEDs throughout campus buildings. In all, the three rebates totaled $166,821. The projects will reduce the peak demand on campus by 860 kilowatts. This most-recent phase of the project will result in a reduction in peak demand of 84 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 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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DEEP Rebate Awarded to Lexington Public Schools

The City of Lexington and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $9,338 to Lexington 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 in school buildings. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 149.81 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. The program passed a threshold in 2017 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 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 Lexington. 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 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 Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), which is based in St. Paul, MN, and serves as the RE for a large number of utilities in the central part of the country. OMPA’s previous RE was the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which voted in 2017 to dissolve its existence as an RE. SPP continues to serve as OMPA’s Regional Transmission Organization. MRO covers roughly 1.3 million square miles spanning the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The region includes more than 220 organizations that are involved in the production and delivery of electricity to more than 33 million people. These organizations include municipal utilities, cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, transmission system operators, a federal power marketing agency, Canadian Crown Corporations, and independent power producers. For more information, go to...

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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 city manager first for Prague and then Blackwell. In these roles, he understood the value of public power – locally owned and controlled municipal electric utilities – for communities and would become a strong advocate for the establishment of MESO. His hard work on behalf of public power didn’t end there. Instead, in his role as a city manager, he worked tirelessly for the establishment and development of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), recruiting cities and towns to join this start-up organization to ensure a stable, cost-effective power supply resource for Oklahoma’s public power cities. He attended countless city and town council meetings explaining the benefits of local ownership of an electric distribution system, as well as their need for a reliable power resource. He continues to this day, traveling and promoting public power. In his current position as OMPA Director of Member of Services, he serves at the state, regional and national levels of public power in the area of mutual aid and support for each other. He works with his current members on programs and services to enhance and improve the members’ service and reliability to their customers. “Because of his service, I think it is appropriate we bestow upon him the honorary title of, Mr. Public Power,” said MESO General Manager, Tom Rider. “I can’t think of anyone who epitomizes Public Power better than Drake Rice,” added OMPA General Manager, David Osburn. “He has dedicated his career to serving municipal electric systems.”   Comanche wins Fulkerson Award For commitment to improving electric service and reliability, MESO has recognized the City of Comanche as this year’s recipient of the association’s Clarence Fulkerson Award. The Clarence Fulkerson Award recognizes and honors a public power system that works to effectively improve their system operations, resulting in improved reliability and long-term cost savings for its customers. Making a public commitment to its...

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