OMPA hosts legislative luncheon

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority story was told during an annual luncheon with state legislators in Oklahoma City on March 27. This was the third straight spring for OMPA to host such a luncheon, which provides the Authority an opportunity to educate legislators on the role of a joint action agency and the value the state’s municipal utilities bring to the communities they serve. OMPA invites all of the state’s legislators to the event.   General Manager Dave Osburn and Board Chairman Charles Lamb each spoke to a large group that also included staff representatives from member cities and towns served by OMPA. At the request of cities and towns looking to control their own power supply, the Authority was created by the state legislature in 1981, and began serving power to an original 26 members in 1985. Since so much time has passed since the creation of OMPA, staff has recently made an extra effort to educate legislators on the Authority’s role and its mission. This luncheon is accompanied by smaller-scaled events throughout the year. An update was provided on the growth of OMPA, which includes the addition of one member in 2016, two in 2015 and two in 2011. An update also was provided on the resource portfolio of OMPA, which includes coal, natural gas and renewables like wind and hydro. That prompted another discussion regarding solar power and its potential future in the state. OMPA encourages its member cities and towns to stay engaged with their local state legislators, reminding them how decisions made at the Capitol can impact their municipal utilities, which can drastically impact their...

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DEEP Rebate Awarded to Edmond Public Schools

The City of Edmond and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), presented a check for $25,461 to Edmond Public Schools on Dec. 4 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. In addition to the installation of high-efficiency HVAC equipment, a series of lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting throughout district facilities. In all, 21 different school projects qualified for rebates. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 231 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 2017, OMPA has awarded rebates statewide for a total of $530,975 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 3.64 megawatts. 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’s Drake Rice inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame for Cities and Towns

OMPA’s Director of Member Services, Drake Rice, along with four other officials were inducted on September 14 into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. The inductees are the 56th through 60th inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame since 2001. Other inductees included: Marilyn Kay Andrews, Former Mayor (deceased), Ponca City; Elaine Grace Carr, Mayor, West Siloam Springs; Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City and Michael R. “Mike” Nunneley, Town Administrator, Mannford. Formed in 1999, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Foundation recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements or contributions to city and town government. To be selected, an honoree must make significant contributions to Oklahoma local government, through their positive spirit of public service, with unquestioned ethics. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Foundation is supported by the Oklahoma Municipal League, The Mayors Council of Oklahoma, the City Management Association of Oklahoma, the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group, the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association. Prior to joining OMPA, Rice was the former assistant City Manager in Cushing and City Manager of Blackwell and Prague. Rice has been with OMPA since 1984 and was one of the people most responsible for the formation of...

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MAYOR OF KINGFISHER NAMED 2017 OKLAHOMA MAYOR OF THE YEAR FOR STATE’S SMALLER COMMUNITIES

Steve Richards, Mayor of  the City of Kingfisher  is the recipient of the 2017 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award representing communities with fewer than 5,000 in population. He was presented the award from the Mayors’ Council of Oklahoma (MCO) during the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Annual Conference awards banquet last night in Tulsa. Richards promotes the “unity” in community, serves selflessly and always iterates team mentality. Mayor Richards has directly impacted numerous projects in multiple categories including resurfacing the major residential four lane road, widening a street near a middle school, and a bus barn to accommodate safe passage of two school busses on the road. The MCO award recognizes the dedication and commitment brought to the highest elected post in municipal government. Criteria for consideration require nominees to be a member of MCO and OML  and in elected municipal office at the time of the presentation. Additionally, nominees must complete a minimum of three years of service as an elected municipal official. Kingfisher is one of OMPA’s 42 member cities. ——- About Oklahoma Municipal League The mission of the OML is to provide services and programs for municipal officials to assist them in better serving their citizens, and to act as the representative of Oklahoma municipalities in interactions requiring a united voice. Since 1913, the League has served as the individual and collective voice of local officials on the state and national...

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PRAGUE HONORED FOR TOP INNOVATIVE PROGRAM

The City of Prague was the recipient of the 2017 Municipal Innovations Award for a population of under 10,000 for its “Prague Community Garden” project during Thursday’s Oklahoma Municipal League Annual Awards Breakfast. The Prague Community Garden was created by the Prague Turning Point Coalition as a way to promote healthy eating in the community. The project is organized and run by volunteers with supplies such as hoses, sprinklers, soil, and even certain plants were donated by various organizations around Oklahoma. The City of Prague is providing healthy food and a heartwarming hobby to its citizens, supporting a national effort to promote healthy eating and organic choices.  Everyone is welcome to come by the garden to pick for their families completely free of charge. Prague is one of OMPA’s 42 member cities. ——- About Oklahoma Municipal League The mission of the OML is to provide services and programs for municipal officials to assist them in better serving their citizens, and to act as the representative of Oklahoma municipalities in interactions requiring a united voice. Since 1913, the League has served as the individual and collective voice of local officials on the state and national...

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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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