We have a legacy of developing partnerships with community, state and federal organizations to advance practical and meaningful environmental stewardship within the cities and towns we serve.
Our strong commitment to reduce our operational footprint involves proactive and purposeful partnerships on environmental issues with agencies throughout our communities. These commitments include
OG&E's 30,000 square mile service territory is rich in wildlife, and we understand that our operations interface with these inhabitants, which translates into opportunities.
American Bald Eagle Nest – Part of our service territory is within bald eagle habitat. In 2007, a team at our Sooner Power Plant built and installed an artificial nesting platform on the plant’s Sooner Lake, near Ponca City, Okla. We joined state and private agencies to install an outdoor camera that streams live footage of the nest to Sutton Avian Research Center’s website. Millions of people from more than 62 countries have watched the eagle family which, since then, has reared approximately 29 eaglets at that site.
Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection – One of the central plains family of grouses, the lesser prairie chicken has been on the list of species of interest to the US Fish and Wildlife for many year. Since 2009, OG&E has contributed more than $8.65 million for habitat protection and has worked with state and federal agencies to commit more than 40,000 acres to lesser prairie chicken habitat conservation.
Power Line Collisions – OG&E has voluntarily taken measures to protect wildlife collisions with electrical equipment, a task that requires vigilance and innovation. The company is a member of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), and works with fellow members to develop best practices to prevent avian collisions with power lines.
Collared Lizard Project at Sooner Lake--Sooner Lake is home to the collared lizard which is an ongoing, 10-year project for the Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University, which is studying the ecological evolution of these lizards. The department selected Sooner because of the rocky areas around the lake (where the lizards like to “hang out”). Similar research is also being conducted in the Glass Mountains, the Wichita Mountains and at Arcadia Lake.
Invasive Species – Invasive species are non-native and adversely affect the habitats they invade. We’ve experienced operational challenges and expense from an invasive species called zebra mussels. When zebra mussels attach themselves to hard surfaces, such as power plant water intakes, they clog pipes and can create ongoing and potentially expensive mitigation needs. In response to this challenge, we began testing a biological treatment option that doesn’t harm the ecosystem like other chemical treatment options and began using the treatment in March 2012 after receiving EPA approval. We’ve since worked with other utilities on similar operational issues associated with this unwelcomed guest to Oklahoma’s lakes and waterways.
ScienceFest Oklahoma– Since 2002, we’ve sponsored ScienceFest Oklahoma. Each May, about 5,000 4th and 5th graders from across Oklahoma gather together for interactive learning on alternative energy and environmental conservation. In addition to financial support, we annually provide about 75 employee volunteers who keep the day organized and safe or who participate in an environmental education hands-on activity station for the visiting students.
Oklahoma Green Schools Program – We support this statewide initiative to educate Oklahoma students and teachers about environmental issues and their personal responsibilities regarding stewardship. In 2013 and again in 2014, we made a significant contribution to the newly formed 501(c)(3) to help further the program’s mission and to conduct a pilot with Norman Public Schools.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) – OG&E was a founding member of KOB, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, and we remain an active member today. We annually provide small grants to Oklahoma communities to help jump start their Great American Clean-Up projects.Additionally, we've won numerous awards from KOB for our sustainability efforts.
Inter-Tribal Environmental Council – We regularly sponsor the Inter-Tribal Environmental Council’s annual conference. The organization’s mission is to protect the health of Native Americans, their natural resources and the environment.
The Nature Conservancy – We’ve been a strong supporter of the Nature Conservancy, most recently supporting the restoration efforts of a one-mile stretch of one of Oklahoma’s iconic rivers, the Blue River, through the Oka’ Yanahli Preserve in Southern Oklahoma. Through these efforts, we hope to create a healthy water system along the river, serving as a template for restoration, sustainable use, education and protection.
Oklahoma Department of Forestry Services – Through a long-term partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, we’ve supported planting and growing trees throughout Oklahoma. Since 1998, we’ve partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Forestry Services (ODFS) to educate Oklahoma State Fair attendees annually on the beneficial use of trees as part of our “Right Tree, Right Place” vegetation management educational campaign. Over the years, OG&E and ODFS have distributed over 183,000 loblolly pine seedlings at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Progeny Propagation Facility – OG&E is a major supporter of the Progeny Propagation Facility, a greenhouse in southeast Oklahoma dedicated to growing seedlings for educational purposes and species improvement. Since the facility opened in 2002, the company has supported its operations.
Because we live and work here too, we know that our company is only as strong as the communities we serve. That’s why have a legacy of partnerships with community, state and federal organizations to advance education and the arts, community support and environmental stewardship within the cities and towns we serve.
Our commitment to corporate stewardship begins with the belief that we're only as strong as the communities we serve.
Through advocacy and education outreach, OG&E supports and promotes: growth and nurturing of environmental awareness in the community; environmental partnerships; public environmental education and promotions; and, heightened environmental involvement by company employees.
We practice smart waste management in order to minimize environmental impact, encourage renewable resource development and promote sustainability initiatives while providing affordable and reliable electricity.
OG&E’s service territory is home to a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds. Minimizing impacts on wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, is a priority for all areas of the company.