Ponca City City Center Receives DEEP Check For Chiller Replacement

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047 

On September 22nd, Cindy L. Holman, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) General Manager, presented a $12,120.00 check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) to John Kennedy and Misty Doney for a chiller replacement in the Ponca City City Center Building, 400 East Central Avenue, on behalf of the OMPA Board of Directors.  Kennedy is the owner of the office building and Doney is the Facility Asset Manager, as well as the Vice President of Irish Realty.  James and Helen Smith, Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors, are the property managers for the building. 

“This project demonstrates the leadership role in energy and the environment that the City Center and its owner and managers have undertaken with the support of the City of Ponca City,” said Holman. 

The new air conditioning chiller, which weighs approximately five tons, was hoisted to the roof of the office building on August 25th.  With a 250-ton cooling capacity, the new unit is 27 percent more efficient than the 37-year old unit it replaced and a second unit will be added later, according to Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Engineer.  “The new unit will reduce the electric demand by over 60 kW and will reduce energy consumption by approximately 275,000 kWh annually,” added Willis. 

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. 

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 www.ompa.com or contact Willis at twillis@ompa.com

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. 

 Left to Right) John Kennedy, owner of the City Center Building; James Smith and Helen Smith, Coldwell Banker Heritage realtors and property managers of the City Center Building;  Phillip Johnston, General Manager of Electric Utilities for Ponca City; Cindy L. Holman, OMPA General  Manager; Misty Doney, Facility Asset Manager for the City Center Building and a Vice President of Irish Realty; Mayor Homer Nicholson of Ponca City and OMPA Board of  Directors member; Tom Willis, OMPA Energy Engineer; and Craig Stephenson, Ponca City City Manager; stand with the $12,120.000 rebate check from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) for a chiller replacement at the City Center Building, 400 East Central Avenue, in Ponca City.