REID NUTTALL, vice president of information technology and chief information officer of OGE Energy, received the 2011 CIO of the Year KITE Award at the Knowledge2011 Executive Summit in early November.
The KITE Awards - representing knowledge, innovation, technology and excellence - recognize utility leaders who have moved their companies forward through strategic initiatives, measurable technology efforts and innovative solutions that have delivered business results such as high efficiency, greater production, measurement and profitability.
Nuttall has worked with OGE since early 2006. As CIO, he is a leader in the transformation of OG&E electric services, allowing the utility and its customers to benefit from new smart grid technologies. In partnership with its customers, OG&E, a subsidiary of OGE, is building the Positive Energy smart grid to improve energy efficiency.
The utility began by installing 6,600 meters in northwest Oklahoma City for a short study. Following the success of that small pilot, it installed 42,000 smart meters on customer homes in Norman, Okla. At the same time, it also installed the information delivery infrastructure to carry the information to and from OG&E and its customers. An estimated 3,000 customers in Norman participated in a summer 2010 study using in-home devices, Internet portals or both to obtain pricing and usage information. An additional 3,200 customers in Moore, Norman and parts of southern Oklahoma City were later added to the study.
Nuttall's nominator said, "Nuttall's vision is in line with the corporate vision to enable the smart grid. In the short time he has been with OGE, he has been able to understand the needs of the business and articulate a road map for reliability and customer engagement in the future." In addition, the nominator wrote, "All of the employees from OGE that I have talked with since Reid has been on board have been enthusiastic and energized by his approach - especially those in IT."
Further, Nuttall's nominator said, "The innovation here is in the area of orchestrating smart grid at the right pace. Reid has also taken a thoughtful and purposeful approach to smart grid security and is building bridges between operational technology and information technology."
It has been an award-filled year for Nuttall and OGE. He was also recently recognized by CIO magazine in its list of Top 100 CIOs.
Nuttall said he felt humbled by the KITE win and that he accepted the award on behalf of his team and the entire utility.