All Power Restored to the City of Newkirk

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.359.2500 DATE: July 16, 2014   All Power Restored to the City of Newkirk   All power was restored to the City of Newkirk at 1524 hours today. The City of Newkirk lost power on Monday, July 14. A total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds We would like to thank the crews from the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Newkirk, Ponca City and Whitnah Construction for assisting OMPA during this restoration effort. These crews worked long hours in order to make sure power was restored to Newkirk. We also appreciate the City of Newkirk for their patience and understanding during this situation. All OMPA outage information is posted to our website and can be found at www.ompa.com/outages. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a 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 39 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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City of Newkirk remains without power

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.245.1112 DATE: July 15, 2014   City of Newkirk remains without power The City of Newkirk and its 1,384 customers remain without power. All power can be expected to be restored no later than the afternoon of Wednesday, July 16. On Monday, July 14, a total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds. Four crews from the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) are on-site with equipment, along with two crews from Whitnah Construction and crews from Ponca City Energy assisting the City of Newkirk with restoration efforts. All damaged poles have been removed from the roadway and crews are currently working on setting the new poles. At present time, four new poles have been set. Peckham Road in Newkirk will remain closed during restoration efforts. OMPA personnel continue to monitor the situation. We would like to extend our appreciation to the crews from GRDA, Newkirk, Ponca City and Whitnah Construction for assisting OMPA during this restoration effort. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of this outage as we receive information. All OMPA outage information is posted to our website and can be found at www.ompa.com/outages. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a 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 39 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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The City of Newkirk without Power

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.359.2500 DATE: July 15, 2014   The City of Newkirk without Power The City of Newkirk and its 1,384 customers remain without power. Yesterday, July 14, a total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds. Peckham Road in Newkirk remains closed due to downed structures on the roadway. OMPA has contacted the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Ponca City Energy and Whitnah Construction to help assist with cleanup and restoration. One crew from GRDA and Whitnah Construction arrived late last night to start assisting the City of Newkirk with cleanup. OMPA has additional poles en route from Ponca City and GRDA.  Three additional GRDA crews will arrive in Newkirk today to help assist with restoration efforts. OMPA personnel are on-site monitoring the situation. All power can be expected to be restored no later than the afternoon of July 16. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of this outage as we receive information. All OMPA outage information is posted to our website and can be found at www.ompa.com/outages. Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a 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 39 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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Dedication Ceremony Held For OMPA’s Landfill-Gas-To-Energy Project

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake N. Rice, OMPA Director of Member Services, 405/359-2500   Dedication Ceremony Held For OMPA’s Landfill-Gas-To-Energy Project   On April 17th, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) General Manager Cindy L. Holman, Board Chair Charles Lamb, Director of Member Services Drake N. Rice, and Board Member John Ramey joined representatives from Tulsa LFG, LLC and Montauk Energy in the dedication of OMPA’s landfill-gas-to-energy project in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.  The project is the first landfill-gas-to-energy project to begin commercial operations in Oklahoma. The OMPA Board of Directors previously approved a long-term purchase power contract with Tulsa LFG, LLC for a landfill-gas-to-energy project, which was signed on June 22, 2012.  The notice to proceed for construction was given on October 12, 2012. The project was funded by the project developer, Montauk Energy.  The project was completed and became operational on February 27, 2013. “The LFG project provides our 39 member cities with another renewable resource of energy.  OMPA was the first Oklahoma utility to have wind power, another renewable resource in September 2003.  This project brings OMPA’s renewable energy resources (methane gas, wind and hydro) for 2013 to an estimated level of nearly 30 percent based on a normal water year,” said Charles Lamb, Board Chair. “The Authority will continue to develop projects to meet the load growth needs of our members by providing them with cost efficient and reliable electricity while exploring the advantages of renewable resources. I appreciate the cooperation we have received from Tulsa LFG, LLC and Montauk Energy in making this unique project a reality,” said Cindy L. Holman, General Manager. The $4 million municipal solid waste landfill project is small, but has the potential to grow.  Initially, the project will produce three-megawatts, but may grow to seven-plus megawatts in the future. Traditionally, landfill gas escapes into the atmosphere and is considered a potent greenhouse gas. Landfill gas is comprised of approximately 50 percent methane.  The gas is generated through the slow decomposition of waste and contributes greatly to greenhouse gas emissions and local smog.  Usually, landfills flare, or burn off the methane gas as a means of controlling its release. Landfill-gas-to-energy projects capture this gas for electricity and heat, turning a harmful source...

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