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Oklahoma City Thunder, OG&E team up for renewable energy

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. expand their partnership under a new agreement to provide the NBA team with renewable energy credits.
by Paul Monies Published: April 2, 2014

As part of the NBA’s Green Week, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma Gas and Electric are teaming up for renewable energy.

Under a five-year deal announced Tuesday, OG&E will provide the team with renewable energy credits in its home arena on game days, as well as its corporate offices, practice facility and community events center.

OG&E Vice President Jesse Langston will present the Thunder with the utility’s Positive Energy Partnership Award during Thursday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs.

“We are thrilled to have our Thunder as a 100 percent OG&E Wind Power customers,” Langston said in a statement. “It seemed to be a natural collaboration with the club to help them contribute to the objectives of the NBA with a green power relationship. In Oklahoma, we call this a ‘wind-win’ for everyone.”

Tony Driscoll, vice president of business development for the Thunder, said the team was excited to grow its partnership with the electric utility.

“OG&E has been a tremendous leader in expanding the use of wind power, and we are proud to partner with them as part of our efforts to support Oklahoma’s energy future,” Driscoll said.

The Thunder and OG&E have had a partnership since the team’s first season in Oklahoma City. OG&E sponsors the “OG&E Wind Power Play of the Game” during the team’s FOX Sports Oklahoma TV broadcasts and educates fans on smart energy use.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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