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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OMPA Board Member McPherson Honored With 7 Hats Award

Jason McPherson, city administrator of Marlow Electric in Marlow, Oklahoma, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award during the American Public Power Association’s Public Power Connect: Virtual Summit & Business Meeting on June 9. The award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume...

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Perry’s Reliability, Marlow Safety Honored Nationally

The electric utilities for the City of Perry and the City of Marlow both received national recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 municipal-owned electric utilities. Perry’s was for its reliability numbers from 2019, while Marlow was honored for its safety practices during the same year. The APPA...

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