SPP is a Regional Transmission Organization, mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity. As a North American Electric Reliability Corporation Regional Entity, SPP oversees compliance enforcement and reliability standards development. SPP has members in nine states. Read more About SPP, What We Do or SPP Fast Facts.
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Our major services include monitoring the grid to maintain electric reliability, operating a wholesale energy market, creating regional reliability standards, planning for future transmission needs, processing requests for use of the transmission grid under a tariff with consistent rates and terms for all participants, and ensuring the bulk transmission system's users, owners, and operators comply with reliability standards.
Transmission costs comprise only about 10 percent of U.S. electricity retail rates; generation costs comprise about 60 percent of rates, and distribution costs about 30 percent. We need strategic, appropriately-placed transmission to deliver the output of the capital-intensive generation to where it is needed, across the region and to other regions.|