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Written by  Saturday, 02 February 2019 23:52
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Lisa Krueger, President of AES-US Lisa Krueger, President of AES-US

 

AES Shady Point along with OG&E held a Celebration of the People of AES Shady Point.

 

On, Feb 1, 2019, AES Shady Point held a AES Shady Point/OG&E Celebration Lunch at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau. The purpose was to say goodbye to AES Shady Point and welcome OG&E.

 

The reason for the celebration stems back to August 2018, when AES announced, the facility would close after a contract with OG&E was not renewed.

 

Good news emerged when in Dec 2018, OG&E announced that they would be buying AES Shady Point.

 

Poteau Mayor, Jeff Shockley, introduced the distinguished guests in attendance--members of AES, OG&E and state legislators.

 

“For 28 years, AES Shady Point has been a valued supporter and contributor to the people, communities, business and economy of southeastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas,” said State Representative Lundy Kiger, former AES Government and Community relations Director. “AES has Helped to support the fight of illegal drugs through the Sweet 16 Drug Taskforce, partnered with the LeFlore County Commissioners for patrol vehicles and so much more.”

AES Shady Poiont is a coal-fired plant located eight miles north of Poteau.

 

They held a ground breaking in 1987, with construction beginning in 1988, and officially opened in 1991.

 

The company was the first facility in the United States to produce a food grade carbon dioxide.

 

AES has had quite an impact on the local economy by creating more than 1,500 jobs in Oklahoma, both directly and indirectly.

 

AES has always been community and civic minded. Some of the way they have shown this is they supported the LeFlore County District Attorney’s fight against drugs with support of the District 16 Drug Task Force, built the LeFlore County Fair Barn, built Panama Schools, and moved the Poteau Rodeo Arena from Carl Albert State College to the LeFlore County Fair Grounds.

 

They were also Instrumental for the development of the PARC sports complex in Poteau and built practice field for Poteau High School. AES helped leaders to get a bond issue passed for an new jail for LeFlore County

AES supported Carl Albert State College with the Beverly McMillian AES Free Enterprise Dorm.

 

In 1992, they were honored with the Power Plant of the Year and in 2008, the State of Oklahoma’s Employer of the Year Award; however, the award they are most proud of is the Reclamation after Mining – American Legion Award.

 

The Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards are presented to coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary coal mine reclamation in the nation. Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to sound mining practices and effective reclamation plans that enhanced beneficial post-mining use of the land. OSMRE has honored high quality coal mine land reclamation since 1986. All winning projects go beyond reclamation requirements to achieve superior results in returning a site to productive use after completion of mining.

 

AES Shady Point, Rick Jackson stated that, “AES Shady Point worked because early on we hired the right people – local people.”

 

Lisa Krueger, President of AES-US joined in the celebration and stated “O&GE is getting some great employees and a great plant.”

 

OG&E believes in coal and thinks that the purchase of AES Shady Point is a great addition. The company’s philosophy is the same as AES’s--Community, Safety and Growth.

 

O&GE is Oklahoma’s largest electric utility and has purchased the Shady Point power plant near Poteau.

 

According to a press release from OG&E, “This will help meet the growing needs of its customers.” OG&E customers save tens of millions of dollars each year . . . power plant emissions continue to drop . . . and acquiring AES Shady Point helps maintain grid stability.”

 

OG&E Vision

The industry leader with a passion for helping customers, developing members and delivering stockholder value.

 

OG&E Mission

Safely provide reliable electricity and related services vital to our communities at a reasonable cost.

 

OG&E Values and Beliefs

We fulfill our vision, mission, values and beliefs in our actions both at work and at home.

 

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 AES Plant manager, Rick Jackson 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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