More than one thousand OG&E residential and business customers now are taking part in OG&E’s newest wind power offering. As part of its Positive Energy Together campaign, OG&E encourages its customers to support wind power by signing up at www.oge.com.
“Our newest wind power offering has been open only a few weeks and we are already seeing a great response from our customers,” said Jesse Langston, OG&E vice president of utility commercial operations. “By signing up for wind power or by increasing their existing commitment to renewable energy, our customers can help us avoid the addition of any fossil fuel power plants until 2020.”
OG&E customers can purchase wind power for 25, 50 or 100 percent of their monthly electricity usage. A typical residential customer who uses about 1,000 kilowatt hours (kwh) per month, and who subscribes to 100 percent wind power as part of the new program, will pay .7 cent per kwh for their monthly usage—or an additional $7 per month—to participate in the wind power program.
Customers who subscribe to wind power at a 25 percent level pay an additional .9 cent per kwh for one-fourth of their monthly usage, while customers who subscribe to 50 percent wind power pay an additional .8 cent per kwh for one-half of their monthly usage. For a residential customer using 1,000 kwh per month, the 25 percent subscription would add $2.25 to their monthly bill, and a 50 percent subscription would add $4 to their monthly bill.
More than 250 business customers of all sizes have made commitments to operate their facilities on OG&E wind power. Some of the larger companies signing up include Dell, Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc., the Chickasaw Tribal Utility Authority and Tinker Air Force Base.
Hitachi was the first to subscribe to OG&E’s new wind power program, with the purchase of 1,200 Renewable Energy Credits. Hitachi also was one of the first to enroll in OG&E’s original wind power program six years ago. The additional wind subscription makes Hitachi one of the company’s largest wind power partners.
“We have a strong commitment to incorporating environmental initiatives into our business practices,” said George Wilson, president of Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. “OG&E has been a valuable partner in helping us achieve our environmental goals.”
Dell recently announced that it will power its quarter-million-square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100 percent OG&E wind power, another step in integrating renewable energy into its global business.
“Integrating green power into our operations wherever and whenever possible is a key environmental and business strategy,” said Dane Parker, director of environment, health and safety at Dell. “It’s critical that our industry take a leadership role in the transition to a green economy. Aggressive energy efficiency and renewable-power targets are essential.”
OG&E also has created a strong partnership with the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
“Environmental stewardship is an important part of our culture and tradition,” said Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation. “We are honoring that tradition through this partnership in a program which will provide meaningful benefits for generations to come.”
Tinker Air Force Base also has subscribed to OG&E wind power and is among the first in the U.S. Air Force to meet federally mandated renewable energy requirements.
“We’re probably going to be one of the first ones to make our goal,” said John Hurd, base energy manager for the 72nd Civil Engineer Group at Tinker. “We’re doing it four years early.”
OG&E began offering wind power in 2003, and the first 50 megawatts sold out quickly. OG&E’s power generation now features 170 megawatts of wind energy, with plans to add as much as 700 megawatts by 2012.