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Altus Power Recertified in CUP Program
During the City of Altus’ Municipal Authority meeting on August 16th, Mayor David Webb was presented with a $20,000 check by Bruce Ackerman, OMPA Member Services Representative II, on behalf of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors, recertifying Altus Power as a Competitive Utility.
OMPA’s Competitive Utility Program (CUP) is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides the 38 member cities with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utilities, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry. This program provides two types of reward – recognition in the form of certification, and financial rewards, which includes the check for $20,000. Altus Power was first certified as a Competitive Utility on September 1, 1997.
“For the citizens of Altus, CUP certification means that your community-owned electric utility is committed to excellence in its operation and delivery of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity. Altus is here to be of service and help to all of its consumers,” said Robert A. Stephenson, Interim City Administrator.
The Authority is an organization that was created by Altus and other cities that owned and operated their municipal electric systems back in 1981. After experiencing several years of wholesale power increases, 26 municipal electric systems, including Altus, banded together to aggregate their power supply needs, and the Oklahoma legislature authorized the formation of OMPA. Membership in OMPA has grown to 38 cities and towns in Oklahoma and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the creation of OMPA as a consumer-owned public power entity.