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OG&E Selects Forecast Tool to Support Smart Grid Optimization

OG&E recently licensed SAS Forecast Server to help analyze smart meter interval data from 782,000 accounts in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. The more than 100-year-old utility launched a three-year systemwide deployment of smart grid technology in February 2010. Year one of a two-year demand response study involving thousands of customers in the Oklahoma City area is complete. SAS will enable OG&E to operate more efficiently and leverage more than $350 million in smart grid investments. The Cadmus Group Inc. designed an analytical solution for OG&E based on SAS technology.

"We launched our smart grid initiative as a partnership with our customers to increase energy efficiency," said Craig Johnston, vice president, corporate strategy and marketing at OGE Energy Corp. "SAS and Cadmus tools allow us to analyze increased customer interval and system load data from the smart grid so we can design new energy management programs and optimize processes for our distribution system. This will contribute to our corporate goal to reduce peak load and delay the need for additional fossil fuel generating resources until at least 2020."

Johnston noted that OG&E has several initiatives underway to meet the 2020 generation objective. The company recently jumped from a rank of 53 to 17 in the 2010 IDC Research UtiliQ study, which ranks utility companies' performance in: productivity, renewable energy, smart grid initiatives, demand response/energy efficiency, and IT investment.

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