OMPA Board Approves Series of Items to Mitigate Financial Impacts of February Winter Storm

The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority approved at its March meeting a series of items as part of a plan to mitigate the financial impacts of a February winter ice storm and prevent cost increases to the member cities. The Authority estimates that the cost impact of the storm to OMPA was approximately $60 million, though the exact amount will...

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Conservation Emergency Issued for Electric and Natural Gas Customers

A declared emergency due to scarce energy resources in the region has been raised another level, to Level 2. It includes a renewed call for all industrial, commercial and residential Public Power customers across Oklahoma to conserve as much electricity and natural gas as they can for at least the next 48 hours. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the Regional Transmission...

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OMPA crew receives APPA commendation

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Field Services Department has received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its support in electric power restoration efforts following a recent ice storm that caused wide-spread outages. The crew assisted OMPA members Yale, Blackwell, Goltry and Frederick, which suffered outages as a...

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OMPA members respond to outage caused by ice storm

Oklahoma municipal utilities embarked on a large-scale restoration effort after a historic ice storm caused widespread outages the week of October 26-31. State-wide, more than 300,000 customers lost power in the first 24 hours of the storm, due mainly to fallen trees. Utilities in Oklahoma typically employ tree-trimming programs to avoid such disasters, but this storm...

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OK energy industry partners with education sector to promote workforce

The Oklahoma Energy Workforce Consortium (OEWC) is launching a new energy career cluster to promote the benefits of pursuing careers in energy. Energy is the highest-paying industry in the state, averaging more than $100,000 annually. Leaders within the energy industry initiated the OEWC to address a looming shortage of skilled workers that is expected nationwide by...

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