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Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. wins top industry award

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. earned the coveted Edison Award on Monday at the Edison Electric Institute's annual convention in San Francisco.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: June 11, 2013
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/articleid/3843842/1/pictures/2125329">Photo - OGE Energy Corp. CEO Pete Delaney stands with the Edison Award given Monday to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. at the Edison Electric Institute's annual convention in San Francisco. It is the electric industry's most prestigious honor. <strong>Paul Sakuma - Paul Sakuma Photography</strong>
OGE Energy Corp. CEO Pete Delaney stands with the Edison Award given Monday to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. at the Edison Electric Institute's annual convention in San Francisco. It is the electric industry's most prestigious honor. Paul Sakuma - Paul Sakuma Photography

“We couldn't have done this without the engagement of our customers, 44,000 of whom responded in the first six months of launching our SmartHours demand management plan,” he said. “The plan brings us closer to our goal of not building any new, incremental fossil-fired generation until at least 2020.”

Edison Electric Institute said OG&E focused on putting customers in control of their electricity use as it looked to achieve its 2020 plan goal. As a result, 99 percent of Oklahoma customers who enrolled in the SmartHours program saved on their electricity bills.

Another winner

American Electric Power, parent company of Tulsa-based Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, also won an Edison award. AEP was recognized for completing the 600-megawatt John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, a coal-fired plant in Arkansas. It is the first U.S. power plant to use an advanced steam cycle, which company officials have said will make it one of the nation's cleanest, most efficient coal plants.

“The completion of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant represents the technological advancement that will enable the next generation of power plants to use coal with exceptionally high efficiency while producing extremely low emissions. It also reflects AEP's commitment to fuel diversity,” Kuhn said.

The $1.7 billion plant provides baseload electricity for a region that includes Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owns a 6.7 percent share in the plant.


We couldn't have done this without the engagement of our customers, 44,000 of whom responded in the first six months of launching our SmartHours demand management plan.”

Pete Delaney,
CEO of parent company OGE Energy Corp.

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