June 22, 2015

Southwest Power Pool appoints Matt Morais Associate General Counsel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable sources of electricity at affordable rates, has named Matt Morais associate general counsel for markets and regulatory policy. In this role, Morais will be responsible for legal and regulatory policy issues involving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters related to markets and operations. His group also will manage state relations, support the company’s compliance group on regulatory and policy matters and perform other legal and regulatory functions.

“Matt has extensive experience in regulatory and policy matters involving the electric industry and will provide effective counsel on rulemaking and compliance matters for our organization,” said Paul Suskie, executive vice president of regulatory policy and general counsel.

Morais previously served as assistant general counsel for regulatory matters and director of federal policy for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Prior to joining ERCOT in 2008, Morais was senior counsel for PJM Interconnection. He also served as legal counsel for the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources and assistant general solicitor for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG).

Morais holds a juris doctor from Franklin Pierce Law School, a master of studies in environmental law from Vermont Law School and a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

About Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

Founded in 1941, SPP is a group of 86 members in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming that serve more than 15 million customers. Membership is comprised of investor-owned utilities, municipal systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, state authorities, wholesale generators, power marketers, independent transmission companies, and a federal agency. SPP's footprint includes 48,537 miles of transmission lines and 370,000 square miles of service territory. As a Regional Transmission Organization, SPP ensures reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale electricity prices. The SPP Regional Entity oversees compliance
enforcement and reliability standards development. Learn more about SPP by visiting the company’s website at www.spp.org.