OKLAHOMA CITY — OG&E this week received top honors for its safety performance among 18 utilities participating in the Southeast Electric Exchange (SEE). The SEE, a nonprofit association of investor-owned utilities, gives its Safety Performance Award annually to one member company in recognition of top safety performance.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition,” said Sean Trauschke, OGE Energy Corp., chairman, president and CEO. “Looking back to 2016, we had a great year in terms of safety, achieving, what was at that time a record year. In 2017, we matched that record – a solid back-to-back performance. But, last year was different. Our employees didn’t just beat the record, they crushed it, improving on safety by 60 percent over those two previous record-setting years.”
OG&E, in 2018, recorded its safest year in the company’s 117-year history. It wasn’t without challenges, however. The company completed several large construction projects that had the potential to negatively affect the safety of its employees. These projects included:
• Restoration work in hazardous conditions in both Puerto Rico and North Carolina, following devastating hurricanes,
• Completing a new, 124-mile high-voltage transmission line to deliver wind energy to the region,
• Completing the Mustang Energy Center, a new power plant which is only the second of its kind in the country,
• Bringing the Covington Solar Farm online,
• Adding scrubbers to its Sooner Power Plant and converting two coal units to natural gas at its Muskogee Power Plant facility.