During the City of Prague’s City Council meeting on February 13th, Mayor Bryan Benson was presented with a $20,000 check by Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Member Services Media Specialist, on behalf of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors, recertifying Prague 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. Prague was first certified as a Competitive Utility on February 1, 2004.
“For the citizens of Prague, 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. Prague is here to be of service and help to all of its consumers,” said Jim Greff, City Manager.
The Authority is an organization that was created by Prague 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 Prague, 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.