OG&E is building the Positive Energy® Smart Grid in partnership with customers to improve energy efficiency. As the technology continues to rollout across OG&E’s service territory, it not only helps Oklahomans use energy more wisely, but it helps us meet the growing demand for energy and the desire for environmental stewardship.
The smart grid uses a secure wireless network for two-way, real-time communication with new meters installed on the outside of customer homes.
The new meter allows OG&E to remotely read, connect and disconnect service, creating operational savings for OG&E that will be passed on to the customer. It is also part of a secure system that allows you to see your energy use and cost information anytime on a secure website called myOGEpower. That information will help you make informed decisions about how and when to use power, giving you the ability to save energy and money.
OG&E’s smart grid has been designed to enhance customer service by giving us the ability to rapidly detect and repair outages, to remotely activate same-day service so customers don't have to wait for a field representative visit to their home, thereby eliminating the need to send out trucks to connect or disconnect service. The meters are an important part of OG&E’s strategy for providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its customers, and it will help our customers better manage their electricity use.
OG&E’s smart grid technology provides customers more choices in taking control of their energy use through enhanced technology, tools and programs. Customers may be able to lower their energy bills with optional rates that are based on the time of day you use energy. Learn more.
Testing the Smart Grid
While we believe smart grid technology is the foundation for the future for our industry, we are carefully identifying how it can best benefit our customers and our company.
We began by installing 6,600 meters in northwest Oklahoma City for a short study. Following the success of that small pilot, we installed 42,000 smart meters on customer homes in Norman, Okla. At the same time we installed the information delivery infrastructure to carry the information to and from those customers and OG&E.
An estimated 3,000 Norman customers participated in a study in the summer of 2010 using in-home devices and/or Internet portals as a means to get electricity pricing and usage information. A second study, including 3,200 additional customers in Moore, Norman and parts of south Oklahoma City was completed last summer.
You can find the results of that study here.
At the same time we’re working with our employees and knowledgeable industry partners on a plan to expand smart grid to customers in our entire 30,000 square mile service territory. Because the more you and OG&E know your power, the better decisions we can make today. That’s Positive Energy Together®.