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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Nicholson Named Chairman of OMPA Board

Homer Nicholson became the seventh chairman of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Sept. 10 in Edmond. The mayor of Ponca City, Nicholson had previously served as Vice Chair under Chairman Robert Johnston of Frederick, who stepped down to assume a new employment opportunity with a non-OMPA member. Nicholson has served on...

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Osburn chosen for APPA committee

At the American Public Power Association Board Directors Meeting during the Public Power Connect: Virtual Summit & Business Meeting, Jolene Thompson, president and CEO of American Municipal Power, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, was installed as chair of the board. She then named OMPA’s general manager, Dave Osburn, to serve with the officers on the APPA Executive Committee....

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