Striving to be The Next Generation Utility

Solar

500 kW solar array

Battery Storage

Tesla Battery Storage

LEED Gold Building

LEED Gold Building

Innovation Pointe Sign

Innovation Pointe Sign

Technology

Technology

UAV Technology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology

SOC

Systems Operation Center

Central Electric Cooperative strives to be The Next Generation Utility by remaining responsive and relevant to you, our member-owners. To remain responsive and relevant, Central invests in infrastructure and technologies that help the cooperative be more efficient or help Central gain a return on the investment.These investments help the cooperative be a good steward of the resources you provide to us.  Some examples are listed below:

  • LEED GOLD CERTIFIED BUILDING - Over the past ten years, Central has experienced unprecedented growth. Central has been instrumental in facilitating more than $1.8 billion in residential and commercial growth within our service area . Your trustees and management team began looking at demands for facilities in 2009. Central contracted with an outside consulting firm to evaluate an overall master plan to ensure that future investments would create optimum returns. The previous Central facility was built in the 1950s. That facility served our members well, but an engineering evaluation resulted in extensive cost for structural repairs and meeting new building code requirements. Even with these investments, future needs and requirements would not have been met. Central’s new facility will be a LEED Gold certified building, ensuring our members that we are making investments that enable new opportunities for both savings and increased revenue.
  • SYSTEMS OPERATION CENTER - Systems Operation Centers are the nerve center of today’s utility operations. The industry has transitioned from an analog system to a digital system which enables higher levels of efficiency in operations. In 2015, Central’s line loss was 3%, far lower than the industry standard of 8%. One percent of line loss equates to a cost of more than $100,000.
  • DATA CENTER - In 2014 it was reported that the largest portion (32%) of the 245 cyber security incidents to which the organization responded involved the energy sector. The Central data center ensures secure facilities to meet new regulatory and member requirements.
  • SMART COMMUNITIES - Surveys indicate that by 2050 70% of the global population will live in cities. Urbanization will heavily impact utilities who serve rural areas. Through the Smart Community Source initiative, Central is working with our communities to leverage current investments and expand our value and rate of return.
  • SMART GRID - Central has made strategic investments over the past 10 years in smart grid technologies. These investments have reduced cost in areas of line loss, power factor losses, and load factor.
  • DISTRIBUTED GENERATION (SOLAR) - Central has installed a 500 kW solar array with the ability to expand to two megawatts. Central is leveraging DG investments to lower cost of operations in the new facility and will expand the capacity as campus demands grow with new facilities.
  • BATTERY STORAGE - Industry leaders believe that the electric industry is in the process of being “Uber’d” by battery storage technology, which would fundamentally change the nature of the utility system. Central has installed a 250 kW battery storage unit that will backup the solar array that serves Central and future facilities.
  • UAVs, ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - Central is working with Oklahoma State University in researching new robotic technologies that will enhance critical functions such as pole inspections. Robotics and artificial intelligence technology will enable new productivity measures in the areas of line patrol, inspections, etc.
  • SMART POINTES - Smart Pointes are an avenue for integrating smart technologies one pointe at a time. Smart Pointes will be used throughout the community to provide various technologies, such as LED lighting, wi-fi, surveillance, video advertising, etc.
  • EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES - The electric industry depends on critical assets to drive business value. Today, more than every in history, utilities depend on strategic assets integrated with IT systems to optimize consumer value while also maintaining high levels of reliability.
  • INNOVATION POINTE CAMPUS - The Innovation Pointe campus represents a mixed use business park engineered and architecturally designed as an innovation district. This model provides the latest technological advancements to respective tenants who build within Innovation Pointe leading to increased efficiencies and lower overall cost of operations.
  • INNOVATION POINTE SIGN - Nearly 20,000 people drive past the Innovation Pointe campus each day. Having a digital sign allows our tenants to advertise products and services on a shared sign; thus reducing overall marketing costs and generating a return on investment. It also allows our tenants to advertise for community events they sponsor and creates a positive image for the southern gateway into the Stillwater community. Central will use the sign to inform our membership of meetings, services and other special announcements.