May2015

OG_E and ASA/USA Softball team up for a "wind-win

May 28, 2015

Oklahoma City, OK


For Immediate Release: May 28, 2015                           

 

OG&E Contact:                         Kathleen O’Shea            (405) 553-3395

ASA/USA Softball Contact:        Julie Bartel                    (405) 425-3463

 

OG&E and ASA/USA Softball team up for a “wind-win”

Partnership means ASA Hall of Fame and OGE Energy Field is the first premier women’s athletic venue to commit to investing in 100 percent renewable electricity

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The ASA/USA Softball Hall of Fame Museum and four-field complex has become the first softball venue and predominately women’s athletic venue in the country to earn the EPA Green Power Partnership with their commitment to offset 100 percent of its electricity consumption with renewable wind power, following a recent agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E).

 

The 10-year agreement between ASA/USA Softball and OG&E provides the ASA Hall of Fame complex with renewable energy credits for its OGE Energy Field, ancillary fields, museum and administrative offices.  This encompasses the new improvements with the completion of the first phase of its multi-million dollar renovation

 

OG&E Vice President Jesse Langston will present Craig Cress, executive director of the ASA/USA Softball with the company’s Positive Energy Partnership Award during the evening session of the NCAA Women’s College World Series on Thursday, May 28.

 

“We are thrilled to have ASA/USA Softball as a 100 percent OG&E Wind Power customer,” said Langston. “It is a natural collaboration with this organization as we pursue our Green Field initiative which will help distinguish the complex as a destination for sustainable practices and education of their fans for using energy wisely. We congratulate them on achieving the EPA Green Power Partner recognition and joining a list of prestigious sports venues around the country.  In Oklahoma, we call this a ‘wind-win’ for everyone.”  

 

“Our partnership with OG&E has a bright future as we are collaborating on improvements in lighting, energy management and the fan experience.  As the first OG&E “Green Field” venue we are excited to expand our collective efforts with this commitment to modeling green practices,” Cress said. “OG&E has been a tremendous leader in expanding the use of wind power, and we are proud to partner with them as part of our efforts to support Oklahoma’s energy future and cultivate an educational environment for our fans, players and industry.”

 

“The EPA is excited to welcome ASA/USA Softball as a Green Power Partner and applauds their purchase of green power and its support of the voluntary renewable energy market,” said James Critchfield, Program Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “ASA/USA Softball is helping to reduce harmful air pollution and demonstrating that using green power is smart for the environment.”

 

ASA/USA Softball and OG&E have partnered to create a state-of-the-art electric technology venue, an outcome of the 20-year agreement formed last year between OGE Energy Corp. and Oklahoma City All Sports Association to support the venue improvements required to retain the NCAA WCWS. Other elements of the partnership include the stadium field name, now called OGE Energy Field, as well as adding a platform to educate fans and OG&E customers on wise energy use for residential and commercial application.

 

A subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., OG&E serves more than 800,000 customers in a service territory spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The company is a leading provider of renewable energy in Oklahoma, accounting for 850 MW of renewable energy, representing approximately 10 percent of the company’s total generation capability. 

 

Annually, the ASA Hall of Fame Complex plays host to a wide variety of softball events, including the nation's No. 1 collegiate contest, the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS), which annually draws more than 70,000 spectators.   In addition, the complex hosts several ASA youth and adult championships as well as international and high school championships.  ASA/USA Softball serves as the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

 

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About ASA/USA Softball 
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.  ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.

 

 

 

 

Julie Bartel

ASA/USA Softball

Director of Marketing & Communications

2801 NE 50th Street

Oklahoma  City, OK 73111

 

405-425-3463 - work

405-203-4645 - cell

jbartel@softball.org

 

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