What We Do
In North America, Southwest Power Pool is one of nine Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Organizations (ISOs/RTOs) and one of eight NERC Regional Entities. SPP is mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity.
ISOs/RTOs are the "air traffic controllers" of the electric power grid. ISOs/RTOs do not own the power grid. They independently operate the grid minute-by-minute to ensure that power gets to customers and to eliminate power shortages. Get more SPP Fast Facts.
SPP provides the following primary services to our members and customers:
Compliance: The SPP Regional Entity enforces compliance with federal and regional reliability standards for users, owners, and operators of the region's bulk power grid.
Market Operations: The Integrated Marketplace replaced the Energy Imbalance Service (EIS) Market on March 1, 2014. More than 130 market participants have registered for the Integrated Marketplace, which adds day-ahead, real-time balancing and transmission-congestion rights markets to the legacy wholesale real-time market. An initial analysis indicates the Integrated Marketplace will yield an additional $131 million in annual net savings during its first year of operation (in addition to $170 million in net savings from the EIS Market).
Regional Scheduling: SPP ensures that the amount of power sent is coordinated and matched with power received.
Reliability Coordination: SPP monitors power flow throughout our footprint and coordinates regional response in emergency situations or blackouts.
Tariff Administration: SPP provides "one stop shopping" for use of the region's transmission lines and independently administers an Open Access Transmission Tariff with consistent rates and terms. SPP processes more than 8,900 transmission service requests per month, and SPP's 2013 transmission settlement transactions totaled $1.29 billion.
Training: SPP offers continuing education for operations personnel at SPP and throughout the region. In 2014, SPP's training program provided our members $21.7 million worth of simulator training and awarded almost 18,000 NERC continuing education hours.
Transmission expansion planning: SPP's planning processes seek to identify system limitations, develop transmission upgrade plans, and track project progress to ensure timely completion of system reinforcements.
Contract Services: SPP provides reliability, tariff administration, and scheduling for non-members on a contract basis.
SPP's Mission: Helping our members work together to keep the lights on … today and in the future.