Press Releases

November 7, 2022

SPP confirms timing of Markets+ implementation milestones; Powerex commits to Markets+ participation and funding

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announces that it will implement major components of the governance structure of its planned Markets+ service in 2023 and will explore launching a transitional component of Markets+ in 2024: A transitional real-time balancing market similar to its Western Energy Imbalance Service Market (WEIS).

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October 25, 2022

SPP board of directors selects new leadership, SPP membership elects two new directors

On Oct. 25, SPP and its membership elected two new directors to its board. Susan Certoma will serve as chair, and Elizabeth Moore will serve as vice chair. Steve Wright and Ray Hepper will fill two open board seats, with Wright’s term effective immediately and Hepper’s term effective Jan. 1, 2023.

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October 20, 2022

Carrie Simpson to serve as Southwest Power Pool’s director of western services development

SPP has chosen Carrie Simpson to lead the continued development of its electricity services in the western U.S. as Director of Western Services Development effective Nov. 1, 2022. In her new role, Simpson will direct the ongoing development and implementation of wholesale electricity markets and other electricity services in partnership with SPP’s stakeholders.

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October 3, 2022

Southwest Power Pool welcomes first international member

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) welcomed its newest member, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower), effective Oct. 1, 2022. SaskPower is SPP’s first international member, and their membership represents both organizations’ continued efforts to increase reliability through interregional coordination.

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September 6, 2022

Arizona entities announce commitment to SPP Markets+ development

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce several entities in Arizona have committed to supporting the next phase of Markets+ development. Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Arizona Public Service Company, Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power join seven other entities who previously committed to supporting market development (see SPP’s August 16 and August 29 announcements).

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August 29, 2022

Southwest Power Pool announces additional commitments to western market development

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce six additional entities have expressed interest in participating in the next phase of Markets+ development. Avista Corp., Chelan County Public Utility District, Grant County Public Utility District, Powerex Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power join Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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August 25, 2022

SPP welcomes new utility to group evaluating western RTO expansion

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce receipt of Platte River Power Authority’s (Platte River) notice of intent to join several western entities evaluating participation in SPP’s regional transmission organization (RTO).

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August 16, 2022

Southwest Power Pool announces new western energy market initiative commitment

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — As Southwest Power Pool (SPP) prepares to publish its Markets+ service offering in November 2022, it is already attracting interested customers in the Western Interconnection. Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency serving nearly 3 million people in the Pacific Northwest, is the first western utility to formally commit to funding further development of SPP’s Markets+.

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August 1, 2022

Southwest Power Pool’s western electricity market grows with addition of Colorado Springs Utilities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After more than a year of preparation, Colorado Springs Utilities became an active participant in Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market at midnight on August 1, 2022. SPP’s WEIS market enhances the reliability and affordability of wholesale electricity by serving the real-time demand for electricity with the lowest-cost generating resources available in the market at any given time.

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July 8, 2022

Southwest Power Pool keeps the lights on as region sets new record for electricity use

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — With much of the central U.S. under heat advisories and warnings, regional grid operator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) partnered with its member utilities to keep the lights on for millions of people over several days of record-setting electricity use and high temperatures.

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