As an energy provider, socially responsible business and good neighbor, we at Arkansas Oklahoma Gas are committed to being a partner in building a sustainable energy future in the communities we serve. To help us reach that future, we continually look for ways to reduce our carbon and methane emissions and promote sustainable and efficient energy use.Click here to read our Environmental Policy
By participating in the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Methane Challenge Program since 2016, we commit to transparently reporting our methane emissions and describing the systematic and comprehensive actions we are taking to reduce our methane emissions. Through this program, we make our system safer, reduce operational risk and increase efficiency. Beyond that, we also share information and best practices with our peers across the country to further enhance methane mitigation efforts industrywide.
We are a committed member of the ONE Future Coalition, an organization made up of energy companies from across the natural gas supply chain that are committed to achieving a science-based average rate of methane emissions across facilities equivalent to one percent or less of total natural gas production. With company leaders on ONE Future’s Board of Directors and other policy and technical committees, we work together to report emissions data, mitigation efforts and best practices with the goal of leading the industry to a sustainable path of lower emissions and more efficient operations. In 2019 we embarked on an Environmental Risk Assessment to ensure that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impact our business makes on our communities and the environment.
To reduce our methane emissions and enhance the efficiency of our system, we are systematically replacing and upgrading aging pipe through a multi-year capital investment. In 2018 and 2019, we replaced over 60 miles of such pipe in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Through this effort, we have been and will continue to be able to further reduce our methane emissions and promote the ongoing safety and efficiency of our system.
At AOG, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions and providing affordable energy solutions to our customers. Two of the ways we do that are by investing in energy efficiency and low emissions fuel alternatives like compressed natural gas (CNG).
Since 2012, AOG has spent over $19 million on energy efficiency programs for customers in the form of rebates for heating equipment, hot water heaters and smart thermostats. In addition, AOG partners with Oklahoma Gas & Electric to provide no-cost weatherization services for severely energy inefficient homes. This helps reduce monthly energy bills, increase efficiency and reduce emissions, while customers enjoy the reliability and comfort of natural gas. In fact, from 2012 to 2019, AOG’s energy efficiency programs helped reduce carbon emissions by about 21,508 metric tons. That is equivalent to taking 4,647 cars off the road or offsetting the emissions of nearly 2,482 homes.
CNG is an abundant clean burning alternative to gasoline and other transportation fuel. At AOG, 76 percent of our fleet vehicles run on low-emission CNG. By converting one vehicle to CNG from gasoline you can reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 20 to 30 percent.
AOG currently owns and operates three CNG fueling stations in the Fort Smith area that are available to the public 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. By providing a low-cost alternative fuel for the public, commercial fleets and the City of Fort Smith, who uses CNG to fuel their transit buses, local citizens can experience firsthand the benefits of clean burning compressed natural gas.