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.
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 years. Since 2009, OG&E has helped state and federal agencies to commit more than 40,000 acres to lesser prairie chicken habitat conservation through agreements made with the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
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.
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 species that compete with natives and adversely impact the habitats that they invade. OG&E has experience with an invasive aquatic species called zebra mussels. When zebra mussels attach themselves to hard surfaces, such as power plant water intakes, they can clog pipes and create ongoing, expensive and potentially dangerous mitigation needs. OG&E tested a biological treatment option that doesn’t harm the ecosystem like chlorine or other chemical treatment options. The company began using the treatment in March 2012 after receiving EPA approval. Invasive aquatic species like the zebra mussel are transported from one water body to another by attaching themselves to or being entrapped in boats, trailers, fishing equipment or other items that come into contact with affected waters. OG&E is partnering with other state agencies to inform the public about cleaning their gear and preventing the spread of invasive species.
Neighborhood Alliance – Create Great Neighborhoods – Create Great Neighborhoods is an annual 5-month program sponsored by OG&E and administered by Neighborhood Alliance. The program encourages neighborhoods to think about energy efficiency, resource conservation and sustainability by competing for Positive Energy cash grants of $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000. Click here for details and to apply.
OG&E is proud to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation in their "Energy-Saving Trees" program. This partnership puts trees directly into the hands of our valued customers so we can go green TOGETHER.
The program offers a selection of trees designed to enhance our urban forests and to give customers choices in how they beautify their communities. The program also provides helpful tips on locating, planting and caring for each new tree. Planting the right tree in the right place is not only important for reliability of electricity, it can also reduce customer energy needs and makes our communities better places to live.
For the last 21 years, OG&E has been an award recipient of Tree Line USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. Although it’s not a requirement to maintain Tree Line USA status, we participate in the Energy-Saving Trees program and give several thousand trees to our customers in the spring and fall.
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.