|Chief Pyle signs a wind power contract with OG&E|
The Choctaw Nation will be moving to 100 percent wind power for all of it’s office buildings in Durant starting later this year. They signed a contract with Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) last year agreeing to spend $15,000 more each year to purchase wind power credits. Assistant Chief Gary Batton said of the increased cost, “We’re investing in the protection of our future and our resources and that’s something you can’t put a price tag on.”
Currently OG&E gets most of it’s energy from coal power plants, which are responsible for about one-quarter of the worlds total carbon dioxide emissions. However, with the addition of two wind farms in northwestern Oklahoma OG&E is able to offer wind credits to consumers. With these credits OG&E customers can help support wind power in Oklahoma. OG&E and the Choctaw Nation estimate their purchase of wind power credits will help offset 1,080 tons of c02 emissions annually.
The Choctaw Nation’s commitment to environment doesn’t stop with switching to wind power. They are also reducing their energy needs by doing things like using more energy efficient lighting, reducing the amount of lighting and new energy efficient windows at the Administration Building in Durant.
“I see recycle bins in our offices, our community centers and our businesses. I also see a very important change in everyone’s day-to-day habits. They are becoming conscientious not only at work but also at home. Every effort, no matter how small, will make a difference,” says Chief Pyle about the changes he is seeing in the Choctaw Nation employees.
The Choctaw Nation is making a real commitment to helping the environment. You can find out more about the changes they are making on the Choctaw Nation’s website.
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