The City of Perry and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $12,624 to Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, for recent energy efficiency improvements at the business.
The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA.
A total of 257 lighting fixtures throughout the Ditch Witch Plant 3 location at 1618 U.S. Highway 77 in Perry were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting. The enhancements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy demand by 63.1 kilowatts.
DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce electric service energy demand and costs. The program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers – including schools and government buildings – that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. Projects include changing out lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors for more energy-efficient equipment.
These energy improvements help OMPA delay the time in which it needs to add expensive generation capacity.
Charles Machine Works Inc., was the recipient of the largest rebate in DEEP history back in 2011, receiving a check for $121,968 for other energy-efficiency improvements. The two combined projects equal a $134,592 rebate for an estimated kilowatt reduction of 894.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal 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 42 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.