Asbury Machine Receives DEEP Rebate Check For $4,994.20 For Lighting Upgrades

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047

Asbury Machine Receives DEEP Rebate Check For $4,994.20 For Lighting Upgrades

On October 31st, Tonkawa Mayor Joe Lewallen, Kirk Henderson, Tonkawa Interim City Manager, and Drake N. Rice, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Director of Member Services, presented a $4,994.20 rebate check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) to Paul Brown, Plant Manager, Asbury Machine Corporation, for lighting upgrades to the manufacturing facility on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors. 

Tom Willis, OMPA Member Services Energy Engineer, also attended the presentation held at the plant located at 1995 North Public Road in Tonkawa.  According to Willis, “The lighting upgrade reduced the company’s total demand by approximately 26.4 kW and resulted in energy savings of 129,000 kWh annually.  The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible for our member cities and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system.  This allows member cities to hold the line on electric rates that are charged to their customers.”  “It is a win-win situation for our cities and their electric customers,” added Willis.

DEEP assists OMPA’s 39 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs.  This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times.  These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors.

 The funds available for approved projects are determined by the OMPA Board of Directors.  Funding for individual projects is determined through submission of detailed project plans.  Applicants must be a customer of an OMPA member city.  For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at or contact Willis at

 Asbury Machine Corporation has designed and manufactured rotary cone rock bits for more than half a century. The company began as a manufacturer of the smallest size rotary cone rock bits for water well and mining applications and has progressively increased the sizes and types available.

The 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, including Tonkawa.