Northwest Technology Center in Fairview Receives DEEP Rebate Check

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5380

During a special ceremony at the Northwest Technology Center in Fairview on November 18th, Kathy (Grim) Cunningham, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Board Member from Fairview, and Dale Sides, Fairview City Manager,  presented a $1,533.77 check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) to Dr. Gerald Harris, Assistant Superintendent of the center’s Fairview Campus, and Bruce Lowder, Director of Maintenance of the center’s Fairview Campus, for the installation of energy efficient lighting at the center on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors.

OMPA Board Member Kathy (Grim) Cunningham said, “DEEP assists OMPA’s 37 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs.  This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times.  These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors. The reduction of these demands help keep energy rates as low as possible and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system.”

“This project demonstrates the commitment by the Northwest Technology Center with the support of the City of Fairview and its leaders to undertake a lighting retrofit resulting in reduced demand for electricity during peak hours, while improving the energy efficiency of the center,” said Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Engineer.  Willis added that the new lighting will result in a 19 kW load reduction for the center.

“The City of Fairview has been a member of the OMPA power supply program since 1989,” stated Fairview City Manager Dale Sides, “and programs like this are one of the reasons Fairview joined OMPA.”

The funds available for approved projects will be determined by the OMPA Board.  Funds available for an individual project will be determined through submission of detailed project plans.  For more information on DEEP, visit the OMPA website at or contact Willis at

Northwest Technology Center has been serving high school and adult students from Major and Woods counties for over 30 years. Northwest Tech is one of 29 technology centers in Oklahoma which are accredited by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  The Oklahoma Northwest Area Vocational-Technical School was formed in 1969 with the first classes for both the Alva and Fairview campuses being offered during the 1972-1973 school year.

OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members.  The Authority presently serves 37 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma. This year OMPA is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing wholesale power and services to its members.