Fort Supply earns CUP certification for first time

The Town of Fort Supply was presented a $20,000 check by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority during Tuesday’s council meeting, recognizing the town for being officially certified in the Competitive Utility Program (CUP).

OMPA became the town’s wholesale power supplier in 2015. This certification, a first for Fort Supply, was approved by the OMPA board at its February meeting.

CUP is a voluntary program, started in 1995, that provides OMPA’s 42 members with a way to evaluate and improve the operation of their electric utility, and make them better able to compete in the electric utility industry. The program provides two types of reward – recognition, in the form of certification; and financial rewards, which include the check for $20,000.

Fort Supply will also receive 1.5 points in credit toward its wholesale power bill during winter months for meeting additional criteria related to management policies and transfers to the general fund.

CUP-certified members can be recertified in the program every two years, and they are eligible for the $20,000 award each year.