Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of CIO Magazine & Events notes, “This year’s CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT but creating genuine business value as well. These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere.”
OGE Energy, the parent company of OG&E, was recognized for innovation in its use of technology and processes to support smart grid deployment throughout its service territory.
OGE Energy Chairman and CEO, Pete Delaney, says, “We’re very proud of the innovation and ingenuity that our Information Technology organization has demonstrated in the implementation of the smart grid solution. This award provides recognition that the IT organization has been a key component of the success of our smart grid deployment and that the technology deployment required for a successful smart grid program is a major undertaking.”
As part of the smart grid effort, OGE is developing technologies related to communications, device management, sensors, data analysis, electrical grid management, event and incident management, and security.
Reid Nuttall, Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO), adds: “Smart Grid is changing the way we interact with our customers. As we install smart meters and technology, we could have close to one million computer devices – meters and energy management equipment – in customers’ homes and businesses during the next three – four years. We are using these, and the other technologies we have implemented, to reduce costs for our customers and improve system reliability. The amount of technology and technical knowledge needed is phenomenal.”
OG&E serves more than 785,000 customers in a service territory spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. For more information, visit www.oge.com.