For more than 100 years, from the days of pioneers plowing prairies to the era of creating new energy technology, OGE Energy Corp. has been a proud part of Oklahoma’s growth.
1902 – On February 27, 1902, five years before Oklahoma becomes a state, Edward H. Cooke registers incorporation papers for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company.
1928 – Through aggressive acquisition OG&E expands our service area across Oklahoma on the way to becoming the largest electric pioneer in the state.
1947 – Woodward tornado annihilates both the town and OG&E facilities. The F5 tornado strikes without warning, destroying over 1,000 homes and businesses.
1949 – OG&E becomes the first company to use gas turbines combined with steam turbines to generate electricity, creating more efficient power plants.
1959 – An OG&E employee finds single-phase electricity to be more economical than 3-phase, allowing electricity into rural areas once too far from power plants.
1963 – OG&E builds the world’s largest combined-cycle power plant (235 MW) at Horseshoe Lake Station, more than tripling the power generated by other plants.
1974 – OG&E announces plans to build coal-fired generation plants. Coal burning produced about half of the electricity generated in the U.S. at the time.
1977 – OG&E implements the Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition, a user-friendly interface for operators to monitor and control plant performance.
1983 – Meter reading at OG&E becomes faster and more efficient thanks to the latest high-tech innovation: computerized meter reading.
1986 – OGE Energy acquires Enogex, a natural gas pipeline and energy marketing company with 10,000 miles of pipeline spanning West TX, OK, AR, and Southeastern MO.
1997 – OGE Energy Resources, a service provider of premium energy products is formed.
1999 – We purchase Transok from Tejas Energy. Together, Enogex and Transok operate one of the 10 largest natural gas pipeline systems in the U.S.
2003 - OG&E is the first electric utility in Oklahoma to offer wind power as a choice for its retail customers.
2007 - OG&E dedicates its Centennial Wind Farm near Fort Supply, more than tripling the company's production of wind energy. This is the first wind farm to be wholly owned and operated by a utility.
2008 - OG&E begins a research and development project to test wireless, “smart” technology with residents in two areas of northwest Oklahoma City. OG&E's Positive Energy® Smart Grid program enables customers to better manage their energy consumption and control costs.
2011--OG&E named Utility of the Year by Electric Light & Power magazine.