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The City wants renewable energy in our community. In fact, one of the City's strategic priorities is to provide reliable utility service that meets the needs of today's customers as well as to anticipate future ones, and that means including renewable energy. However, before signing a contract and/or calculating any potential savings, it is important for customers to have a clear understanding of the methodology the City of Stillwater uses for calculating renewable electric energy and its credits.
If you are considering a renewable energy system, contact Electric Chief Engineer Kyle Muret at 405-533-8444 before you sign a contract. We can help you understand the City's policy.
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Stillwater has been a community-owned electric utility since 1901 and has owned its own electric generation since 1903. In other words, Stillwater residents own the utility. Stillwater is the second largest municipal electric utility in the state as well as the largest transmission owner and electric generator. It is one of 191 of the nation's public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
Because of the expense of these systems and the perceived savings, it is important for our customers to talk to the City before signing a contract that promises you will see savings on your electric bill if you purchase X, Y or Z renewable energy system.
A lot actually! In addition to providing jobs to about 65 people in the electric department who keep Stillwater's lights on, the revenue is used to replace or repair transformers and to purchase equipment like poles, wiring, street lights and bucket trucks.
Another important benefit of being a public power community is that a portion of the revenue is reinvested to improve and maintain crucial city services such as fire, police, parks and roads. Since Oklahoma cities rely primarily on sales tax to fund local government services, cities like Stillwater are fortunate to have this additional revenue source.