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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Gabe Hope, Laverne Electric/Utility Superintendent, 921-5121
Town of Laverne Recertified in CUP Program
During the Town of Laverne’s Town Trustees meeting on February 6th, Mayor Aaron Elam was presented with a $20,000 check by Bruce Ackerman, OMPA Member Services Representative, on behalf of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors, recertifying Laverne as a Competitive Utility.
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. Laverne was first certified as a Competitive Utility on February 1, 2004.
“For the citizens of Laverne, 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. Laverne is here to be of service and help to all of its consumers,” said Gabe Hope, Laverne Electric/Utility Superintendent.
The Authority is an organization that was created by Laverne and other cities that owned and operated their municipal electric systems back in 1981. After experiencing several years of wholesale power increases, 26 municipal electric systems, including Laverne, 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.