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Edmond Electric Recertified in CUP Program
During the City of Edmond’s City Council meeting on April 9th, Mayor Charles Lamb was presented with a $20,000 check by Cindy L. Holman, OMPA General Manager, on behalf of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors, recertifying Edmond as a Competitive Utility. Mayor Lamb serves as the OMPA Board Chair. Glenn Fisher, Edmond Electric Director, also attended the check presentation.
OMPA’s Competitive Utility Program (CUP) is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides the 39 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.
Edmond Electric was first certified as a Competitive Utility on April 1, 1996. The municipally owned utility is recertified with five awards in management policies: two awards for rates, two awards for transfers, and one award for advanced marketing.
“For the citizens of Edmond, 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. Edmond Electric is here to be of service and help to all of its consumers,” said Larry Stevens, Edmond City Manager.
The Authority is an organization that was created by Edmond and other cities that owned and operated their municipal electric systems in 1981. After experiencing several years of wholesale power increases, 26 municipal electric systems, including Edmond, banded together to aggregate their power supply needs, and the Oklahoma legislature authorized the formation of OMPA. Membership in OMPA has grown to 39 cities and towns in Oklahoma.