OG&E has been offering wind power since 2003. In 2006 OG&E built Centennial Wind Farm in Harper County. It has more than 80 wind turbines that can generate 120 megawatts of electricity. Which is enough power for 51,000 homes!
They also now have a partnership with the Florida-based FPL Energy Company, which adds 30 more wind turbines and they can generate 50 megawatts of power.This makes OG&E’s wind program one of the largest in the country. They also plan to quadruple their wind power capacity over the next several years.
If OG&E currently supplies your power you can subscribe to get 25%, 50%, or 100% of your power supplied by renewable sources, including wind. It adds just a very small charge per kilowatt hour. The way OG&E does this is through REC, or renewable energy credits.
The power coming to your home will still be the same as it always has been but you will be paying for renewable power. This helps OG&E keep building more wind farms and getting more of their power from other renewable sources.
While REC’s aren’t perfect since you are still getting power that is likely at least somewhat from coal, it’s a good option for those who aren’t able to afford to be off-the-grid or even just a few solar panels.
If OG&E is not your provider then check with your electric company to find out if they offer REC’s. And don’t forget to ask if you electric company will do a free energy audit to find out how you can save on your electric bill!