History

Our History

For more than 100 years, OGE Energy Corp. has been a proud part of the growth in our communities.

OGE Energy Corp. is proud to have been a part of Oklahoma's growth for more than 100 years, from the days of pioneers plowing prairies to the era of creating new energy technology.

Timeline

1902 – On February 27, 1902, five years before Oklahoma becomes a state, Edward H. Cooke registers incorporation papers for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company.

1928 – Through aggressive acquisition OG&E expands our service area across Oklahoma on the way to becoming the largest electric pioneer in the state.

1947 – Woodward tornado annihilates both the town and OG&E facilities. The F5 tornado strikes without warning, destroying over 1,000 homes and businesses.

1949 – OG&E becomes the first company to use gas turbines combined with steam turbines to generate electricity, creating more efficient power plants.

1959 – An OG&E employee finds single-phase electricity to be more economical than 3-phase, allowing electricity into rural areas once too far from power plants.

1963 – OG&E builds the world’s largest combined-cycle power plant (235 MW) at Horseshoe Lake Station, more than tripling the power generated by other plants.

1974 – OG&E announces plans to build coal-fired generation plants. Coal burning produced about half of the electricity generated in the U.S. at the time.

1977 – OG&E implements the Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition, a user-friendly interface for operators to monitor and control plant performance.

1983 – Meter reading at OG&E becomes faster and more efficient thanks to the latest high-tech innovation: computerized meter reading.

1986 – OGE Energy acquires Enogex, a natural gas pipeline and energy marketing company with 10,000 miles of pipeline spanning West TX, OK, AR, and Southeastern MO.

1997 – OGE Energy Resources, a service provider of premium energy products, is formed.

1999 – We purchase Transok from Tejas Energy. Together, Enogex and Transok operate one of the 10 largest natural gas pipeline systems in the U.S.

2003 - OG&E is the first electric utility in Oklahoma to offer wind power as a choice for its retail customers.

2007 - OG&E dedicates its Centennial Wind Farm near Fort Supply, more than tripling the company's production of wind energy. This is the first wind farm to be wholly owned and operated by a utility.

2008 - OG&E begins a research and development project to test wireless, “smart” technology with residents in two areas of northwest Oklahoma City. OG&E's Positive Energy® Smart Grid program enables customers to better manage their energy consumption and control costs.

2011 - OG&E named Utility of the Year by Electric Light & Power magazine.

2012 - Completion of the Crossroads Wind Farm allows OG&E to meet approximately 10 percent of its customers' energy requirements with wind generation.

2013 - OG&E's Cowboy Wind Farm provides wind energy as the main source of electricity for the Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus.

2013 - CenterPoint Energy, OGE Energy Corp. and ArcLight Capital combine assets to form Enable Midstream Partners, LP.

2013 - OG&E wins the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) Edison Award, the industry's top honor.

2013 - OG&E ranked first in Residential Customer Satisfaction in the South Large Segment by J.D. Power & Associates.

2014 - OG&E ranked first in Residential Customer Satisfaction in the South Large Segment by J.D. Power & Associates (second year in a row.

2014 - Oklahoma City Thunder becomes the first team in the NBA to offset 100 percent of its electricity consumption with renewable wind power, following a 5-year agreement with OG&E.

2014 - OGE Energy Corp.enters a 20-year agreement with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball for naming rights to the stadium field at the ASA Hall of Fame Softball Complex. The new name, OGE Energy Field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, is launched during the NCAA Women's College World Series.

 

 

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