OG&E given top honors from EEI

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) awarded Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) its 2013 Edison Award for OG&E’s successful implementation of its SmartHours program.

OG&E uses the demand response program, along with adding wind, transmission and other smart grid technology, to avoid building a new fossil fuel power plant by 2020. The utility also set a goal to reduce annual peak load by 200 MW by 2020. OG&E has installed more than 823,000 smart meters throughout its service area and exceeded its targets by enrolling more than 44,000 customers in the SmartHours program.

“It took a lot of hard work and diligence to enroll customers into the SmartHours program and to deploy such a large number of smart meters, but OG&E knew that the benefits of doing so would be immeasurable,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “OG&E’s remarkable accomplishments demonstrate that our industry is dedicated to innovation, reliability and efficiency. The company is truly worthy of this distinguished industry award.”

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