We’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 40 percent since 2005 by investing in 32 megawatts of owned solar capacity, 449 megawatts of owned wind power generation, 342 megawatts of wind purchased power contracts, and converting coal to gas. At the same time, we are dedicated to ensuring our customers experience fewer outages while keeping rates low. We’re showing our commitment through an approximately $900 million investment in grid enhancements that improve our customers' reliability while lowering costs and deploying innovative, efficient technology. View our Grid Enhancement Map to learn how we benefit your community.
Long Description for Carbon Dioxide Emissions - OG&E's Owned and Operated Fleet Chart
The line graph chart shows the Carbon Dioxide generated by OG&E owned and operated fleet for 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020. Over 15 years, the chart shows a steady decrease in Carbon Dioxide emissions for each 5-year period.
Numerical values presented on the chart image:
|Year||Carbon Dioxide Total Emissions in Metric Tons|
In 5-year increments, the line graph represents the amount of Carbon Dioxide emissions per year. Emissions listed for the time period are represented using lines descending left to right horizontally, with dots indicating the amount of emissions for the year listed.
The key to a sustainable future is ongoing renewable energy investments that reduce our environmental footprint. Our investments allow for a balanced approach to make sure our 871,000 customers have reliable electricity as we introduce more renewables. Our 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) shows our intent to add nearly 1,000 MW each of zero-carbon solar resources and high-efficiency, hydrogen-capable quick start combustion turbines in the next 10 years to enable and support renewable generation growth.
As the first utility in Oklahoma to offer universal solar power to customers with the Mustang Energy Center, we continue to lead the way when it comes to solar. We have another solar energy center near Covington, a 10 MW farm in Durant, and a 5 MW farm in Davis. About half of the energy from these farms in southeast Oklahoma help the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations meet their renewable energy needs, while also providing community solar opportunities to our residential customers. In Arkansas, we're increasing the capacity of our ever-expanding solar fleet by opening a 5 MW facility, our fist solar offering in the state.
Wind power has helped make our state among the largest producers of wind energy in the country. Power from our seven active wind farms now comprises approximately 10 percent of OG&E’s generating capacity. As a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization serving 17 states, OG&E customers have access to the full suite of clean energy resources. At the same time, our high voltage lines now let us share OG&E’s wind generating capacity throughout the region. Wind is now the leading source of power for the SPP - on some windy days, wind generation has represented over 80 percent of the SPP’s generation mix, with a daily average of 30 percent during 2020.
With more EVs hitting the road, OG&E is leading the way toward fast and reliable charging in our service area. As a founding member of the Oklahoma Electric Vehicle Coalition, OG&E helped form a group of stakeholders committed to increasing EV adoption in the state and joined the Midwest Charging EV Corridor, a seamless network of charging stations across the country designed to make charging easier when you’re on the road. At our OG&E Advanced Technologies Laboratory, we’re pilot testing battery packs built with repurposed EV batteries to support the fast charging needs of our customers. Another plus? Customers can opt to “fill up” electric vehicles when power prices are low with during OG&E’s low-cost SmartHours program.
We recently gave our Mustang power plant a serious makeover, repurposing our facility to aid in the ongoing clean energy transition of the electric sector. Our natural gas-fueled, quick-start combustion turbines play a critical role in integrating increasing amounts of renewable generation into the SPP. These quick-start turbines handle rapid load changes caused by drops in solar or wind power and can reach peak power in just 10 minutes – compared to 22 hours for our now-retired units. The state-of-the-art units also provide power during periods of peak demand, paving the way for a smooth clean energy transition.