Your next trip to work, home or even the park may be getting a little brighter if it hasn’t already.
OG&E is upgrading around 250,000 of its streetlights all across the metro, 50,000 have already been upgraded.
“We’ve been very focused on our 480-volt circuits which are all of your highways and our states thoroughfares,” said Nicole Rhodes, the Resource Coordination Director at OG&E.
The project started in 2018, according to OG&E, when copper thefts began to become a big problem for crews leading to widespread city streetlight outages.
“We had massive copper theft in Oklahoma City, so we partnered with the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Police Department,” said Rhodes. “(We) began some various sting type operations to locate the various people that were doing this.”
Right now, lights are being upgraded as current ones fail.
“Most manufacturers are not making the old style of lights,” said Rhodes. “We really have been left with no option but to convert the lights.”
Controllers are installed now with each light, allowing crews to be notified in real time of an outage through OG&E’s new “Streetlight Vision” system.
“We are able to detect what is going on with that light, we can try to send some messages to see if we can get it working again,” said Rhodes. “If not, then a work order or ticket order would be created, and we would be able to dispatch crews proactively out to that light.”
“Currently we depend on our customers to call in and report outages and so if a customer does not call in to report an outage, we do not know in today’s environment that a light is out,” said Rhodes. “Once our entire system is converted to LED we will be able to proactively manage those lights without a customer calling in.”
Upgrades will be completed in 2023.
It is an investment in security.
“Safety is always first, it is a value for us here at OG&E,” said Rhodes. “Obviously we want to stay up to date with the safest products that we have.”
OG&E still encourages customers to report outages by phone or online.
Below is a list of future upgrades.
7001 SE 29
I35 & SE 82
HWY 74 & NW 50
HWY 74 & NW 63
724 S CEMETARY
NS OF I 40 & PENN
6501 N MAY
I40 & S MACARTHUR
SE 66 & SHIELDS
I40 & MERIDIAN
I40 & MORGAN
NW 50 & N ROCKWELL
I35 & ROBINSON
I40 & W OF WALKER
NE 16 & I35
S PENN & SW 59
I35 & NE 36
AIRPORT RD & MACARTHUR
2406 N HUDSON
ROBINSON & CANTERBURY
I40 & WS OF WESTERN
I40 & AIR DEPOT
S GRAND & SUNSET DR
HWY 66 & INDIAN TER
2801 NW 27