Press Releases

April 2, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - April 2, 2020

Southwest Power Pool continues to adapt along with the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we’ve shared previously, we have taken a number of steps to mitigate the risks of introducing or spreading the virus among our staff. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our employees, though should that change, we stand ready with a number of contingency plans to respond quickly and ensure our continuous operation.

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April 1, 2020

In memory of Bruce Scherr

It’s with a heavy heart that I write to share the news of the death of one of our colleagues. Bruce Scherr, a member of our board of directors since January 2016, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly the evening of March 29. Bruce served on the Finance Committee since 2017 and as Finance Committee chair beginning in 2018. He served on the Value and Affordability Task Force in 2019 and the Oversight Committee from 2017-2018. He was 72.

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March 26, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - March 26, 2020

SPP is quickly adapting to our new normal. Our non-operations staff has transitioned to working remotely, we are conducting all meetings virtually, and a team of leaders from across the organization now meets daily to assess and respond to circumstances that are still developing around us. We are also taking numerous proactive steps that will undoubtedly benefit us if the COVID-19 threat continues for several months. As noted in last week’s email, we continue to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of our operations staff. We appreciate your support and partnership as we all work together to navigate the uncertainties posed by this unprecedented event.

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March 18, 2020

A message to stakeholders re: SPP's COVID-19 response

Circumstances surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to evolve. Though SPP remains well-equipped to provide our critical services with the same degree of quality you’ve come to expect, the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area has prompted us to take additional steps to safeguard the health and safety of our staff, stakeholders, and the people with whom we work.

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March 12, 2020

A message to stakeholders re: SPP's COVID-19 response

As you’re likely aware, circumstances surround the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to evolve rapidly. Though SPP remains well-equipped to provide our critical services with the same degree of quality you’ve come to expect, the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus has prompted us to take several steps to safeguard the health and safety of all SPP stakeholders and the people with whom we work.

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February 27, 2020

SPP seeks industry experts to assess competitive transmission project proposals

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is accepting applications to create a pool of industry experts. These experts may be chosen to serve on an independent panel to review competitive transmission construction proposals in 2020.

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February 21, 2020

SPP files WEIS Tariff with FERC

On Feb. 21, 2020, SPP filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a tariff that defines rates, terms and conditions for the Western Energy Imbalance Services (WEIS) market. The WEIS Tariff defines the market’s rules and obligations for market participants and for SPP as the market operator. The tariff includes a market participant agreement effective on the date each market participant begins participating in WEIS. SPP will administer the WEIS Tariff separate from its Open Access Transmission Tariff.

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January 30, 2020

Southwest Power Pool board names new executive leaders

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announced on Jan. 30 two new officers will join its senior leadership team. At the recommendation of president and CEO-elect Barbara Sugg and COO Lanny Nickell, the SPP board of directors has elected Sam Ellis to serve as vice president of IT and chief information security officer (CISO) and Antoine Lucas to serve as vice president of engineering effective Feb.1.

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January 28, 2020

Southwest Power Pool elects Bronwen Bastone to board of directors

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity, held its quarterly board meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SPP’s members elected Bronwen Bastone of New York City to the company’s board of directors effective Jan. 28, 2020.

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January 28, 2020

Nickell elected as SPP’s chief operating officer

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) board of directors announced on Jan. 28 it has elected Lanny Nickell as SPP’s executive vice president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Nickell joined SPP in 1997 and most recently served as senior vice president of engineering.

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