Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Demand Side Energy Management: A Note from OSN's Montelle Clark on Energy Efficiency and Public Utilities in Oklahoma

On November 14th the Corporation Commission voted 2-1 to adopt energy efficiency rules for our electric utilities. On December 4th the rules were formally submitted to the Governor and the Legislature. Next year OG&E and PSO will submit their proposals for specific programs. Across the country, Demand-Side Management (DSM) programs have a proven record of saving consumers money, delaying the need to build expensive new power plants, reducing our consumption of coal, and conserving our natural gas resources. Oklahoma is well behind most other States, but these rules could help us catch up. The OSN Board will continue to participate in this process and work with other stakeholders to encourage the development of ambitious and cost-effective programs. - Montelle Clark

Recycling Industry Slows As Consumers Shop Less

December 22, 2008
One of the unanticipated outcomes from our slowing economy has been the precipitous drop in prices for recyclables. Paper, plastics, metals and glass have all been affected but don't let that stop you from recycling at your home and office. Shawnee's recycling drop-off center located in the parking lot of Homeland's Independence and Kickapoo location continues to recycle plastic (#1 & #2), paper (newspaper, magazines, & office paper), metal cans, aluminum, and CLEAR glass. The center will soon begin collecting all glass - brown, green and clear. We'll keep you posted on that development. Until then, make recycling your New Year's Resolution and Keep it!