OMPA to hold May 14 meeting on gas-fired Charles D. Lamb project

May 1, 2013

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) will hold an informational meeting on the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center on Tuesday, May 14  at 6 pm at the Pioneer Technology Center, 2101 North Ash Street, in Ponca City.

The peaking plant will be constructed on a site comprised of 160 acres located  in Kay County, Oklahoma. The site is approximately seven miles north of Ponca City and east of Blackwell. 

Ponca City, Blackwell, Tonkawa and Newkirk are served by OMPA, a wholesale power company owned by 39 municipal electric utilities. The site was selected because of its access to a 345-kilovolt electric transmission line and the availability of a natural gas pipeline. 

The OMPA Board voted to name the facility the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center after current Board Chair Charles Lamb. Since 2001, Lamb has served as the board chair and is the longest tenured elected official to serve as chair.

Construction is currently estimated to begin in January of 2014, with an estimated completion date of April 15, 2015.   

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 39 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.