Mustang electric cooperative fights OGE to protect service area

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is being asked by a rural electric cooperative to stop OGE from offering service within its service area.

CKenergy, based in Mustang contends OGE has offered electric service to the OneOK Inc. Binger II Pump station which is in CKenergy’s certified territory. It learned in June that the new Binger II Pump Station had chosen another retail  electric supplier.

CKenergy contends OGE will build a new substation connected to a high-voltage transmission system to serve the pump station.

In a July filing, CKenergy argued that if other retail electric suppliers rae allowed to reach deep into the certified territory of the cooperative and pluck the very best loads by use of the transmission network, it would have a”very real negative financial and economic impact on rural electric consumers.”

The Mustang company has asked the Commission to issue a temporary order requiring OGE to stop any construction activities for the project. The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives joineed CKenergy in the fight.

The commission plans a hearing Wednesday morning at 9:30 to listen to the arguments. The agenda indicated a possible vote could occur.

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