Norman voters again reject 25-year franchise with OGE

OG&E is re-evaluating project plans in Norman after voters rejected the company’s third attempt to pass a required 25-year franchise agreement with the city on Tuesday. (Photo provided by OG&E) 



Thirty-three votes.

It’s what Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company failed to get for approval of an exclusive franchise agreement in the city of Norman.

Voters this week rejected the franchise for another time. A majority of the 17,795 votes were against giving OG&E a franchise to exclusively operate electric infrastructure in Norman for the next 25 years.

In January of 2023, voters also rejected a franchise with OG&E. The utility has continued providing month-to-month service for Norman residents since the last franchise agreement expired in 2018.

As the Journal Record reported, it means the city and the utility face an uncertain future.

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