The City of Ponca City and its power supplier, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), have presented a check for $96,553 to Ponca City Public Schools for recent energy efficiency improvements throughout the district.
The rebates were presented as part of the Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP), administered by OMPA.
The rebate was given because lighting fixtures were upgraded to high-efficiency LED lighting throughout the district. The enhancements are expected to reduce the district’s energy demand by 945 kilowatts.
DEEP assists OMPA’s 42 members 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.
This is the largest DEEP rebate ever awarded in Ponca City. For 2016, OMPA awarded 69 DEEP rebates statewide for a total of $164,640 with an estimated reduction in energy demand of 1,056 kilowatts.
The program recently passed a threshold with more than $1 million being handed out during its seven-plus-year history. The reduction of peak demand since the inception of the program is 7,040 kilowatts, which comes out to a rebate total of just $153 dollars per kilowatt, well below the cost-per-kilowatt for building new generation.
For more information on how to apply for a DEEP rebate, contact the City of Ponca City.
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.