I hope this message finds you well. This week we notified our staff of our first confirmed case of COVID-19 among employees. Our human resources and emergency management teams were well prepared to support the employee and take action to protect others. Our contact-tracing protocols determined the employee had not been on the SPP campus throughout the pandemic, and no other employees were exposed.Read More
In the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s 2018 State of the Markets Report, the commission found SPP had the lowest average wholesale electricity prices in the nation in 2019.Read More
I hope this message finds you well. The past few weeks have seen a lot of change. In our communities, we have seen pain and protest, a renewed rise in coronavirus cases and businesses adapting to a new normal. At SPP, we have had new members join our organization, welcomed our first class of remotely working summer interns and approved a framework for our employees’ return to our offices.Read More
I am proud to announce that our regional transmission organization membership is growing. Over the past few weeks, we welcomed two new members to Southwest Power Pool: Roughrider Electric Cooperative became a member April 30, and EDF Renewables will be our newest member, effective June 1. These additions bring our member company count to 100 for the first time in SPP’s history.Read More
This week marks two months since we first implemented a work-from-home policy for most of our staff in response to the pandemic. I thank my team daily for continuing to provide every critical function despite the pandemic upending our way of work. I thank all of you who have worked with us and worked together to keep the lights on for millions of people across our region. Your continued engagement with us and with each other is the key to our success. We are continuing to move forward.Read More
As we continue to adjust to our new reality, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past few weeks. SPP has not only responded effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic but also continued to provide our critical services without interruption.Read More
On April 27-28, Southwest Power Pool held online meetings of its Regional State Committee of regulatory commissioners and Board of Directors and Members Committee. Barbara Sugg, who became SPP’s president and CEO on April 1, discussed COVID-19 impacts.Read More
It has now been more than a month since SPP took our first steps in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What began with restrictions on travel and access to our facilities soon evolved to physical distancing of staff, health screenings and a transition of all stakeholder meetings to web and teleconferences. Looking back, it’s hard to believe so much has changed in just a few short weeks, but we’re proud to note that its impact to the service we’re able to provide you, our customers, has been minimal.Read More
As an example of the ways our organization has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week we conducted our first large, quarterly stakeholder meetings entirely as web conferences. SPP prides itself on its relationship-based culture, and I’m so pleased with how well that culture helped us to make our Markets and Operations Policy Committee and Strategic Planning Committee meetings a success. The initial feedback and effective meeting outcomes suggest that despite the crazy world we’re all living in now, SPP is well-equipped to continue to help our members work together to keep the lights on today, and in the future.Read More
We hope you are still making plans to attend our quarterly board-level meetings in April and July. The April meetings will all be conducted via WebEx.
Meeting virtually rather than in-person will require us to facilitate meeting logistics differently than we would under normal circumstances. We still want all of our stakeholders to have a meaningful voice consistent with our member-driven business model, and we will provide all meeting registrants instructions for effectively using the web conferencing platform prior to each event.