Oklahoma Gas and Electric had paid businesses of all sizes more than $7.5 million in energy-saving incentives this year, as of December 19, the utility announced. That figure reflects 750 projects among large commercial and industrial facilities, schools and government buildings, and small businesses. Combined energy savings came to more than 80 million kWh.
Cash-strapped secondary schools in Oklahoma have received nearly $650,000 in incentive rebates, while universities have received approximately $365,000. during 2016.
OG&E gave nearly $90,000 to one single district – Moore Public Schools – this year, for projects that also saved the district more than 1 million kWh. In addition, the SmartHours for Schools program has saved schools in Oklahoma more than $2.2 million since it began in 2012.
“Moore Public Schools is grateful for the financial incentive provided by OG&E used to offset the cost of new energy efficient products within many of our schools,” said Superintendent. Robert Romines. “The incentive not only provides immediate financial reward, but the future energy savings will be valuable for many years.”
“The incentive checks are a fantastic bonus for schools that are already trying to shave costs where they can,” said Ken Grant, OG&E VP of Sales & Marketing. “In addition to that, their electricity bills will go down due to the energy savings they achieved with the projects. Then, if they’re enrolled in SmartHours for Schools, they save even more.”
In addition to all of the organizations that have saved to date, on December 28, Muskogee County, Oklahoma announced a plan to take part in an OG&E energy efficiency program, according to a report in the Stillwater News Press.
The county spends up to $15,000 a month for the electricity needed for the courthouse complex, which comprises three buildings. A consultant whose firm was retained by OG&E to administer the utility’s energy conservation programs told county commissioners that the project potentially could save Muskogee up to 35 percent of its energy budget.
OG&E serves approximately 832,000 customers in a service area spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.