The town of Fort Supply officially became the 41st member of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) after a contract signing at OMPA headquarters in Edmond on Thursday, May 14.
The agreement means OMPA will become Fort Supply’s wholesale electric power supplier no later than May 1 of 2016.
“We are always excited to have another member join the collective effort of towns and cities within OMPA, and we look forward to serving Fort Supply, striving toward our mission of providing reliable and low-cost energy,” OMPA General Manager David W. Osburn said. “We were also pleased to hear the recommendation of their independent consultant in selecting OMPA as a power supplier.”
Fort Supply becomes the sixth member to join OMPA in the last eight years. Located in northwest Oklahoma, the town had a population of 330 at the 2010 census. Fellow OMPA members in close proximity to Fort Supply include Waynoka, Fairview, Laverne and Mooreland, which became an OMPA member in March.
Formed in 1981 by the Oklahoma State Legislature, OMPA is part or sole owner of 12 power plants across the region. Those plants derive their generation from a variety of sources, including wind, hydro, natural gas, coal and landfill gas.
In addition to supplying wholesale power, OMPA offers its members a series of energy-services-related programs. They include the Competitive Utility Program, which provides rewards of $20,000 to those members who achieve certification, as well as programs for utility customers that include free energy audits and rebates for energy-efficient lighting, ceiling insulation and heating and cooling systems.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 41 municipal electric utilities. OMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of OMPA serve approximately 250,000 Oklahomans.