Press Releases

November 12, 2020

SPP and stakeholders will consider RTO expansion to the west; study anticipates $49M in annual savings for current and new members

Little Rock, Ark. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has received letters from several western utilities committing to evaluate membership in the organization. An SPP Brattle study found that the move would be mutually beneficial and produce $49 million a year in savings. Additionally, SPP anticipates its wholesale electricity market, resource adequacy program and other regionalized services can help western members achieve renewable-energy goals, reinforce system reliability and leverage new opportunities to buy, sell and trade power.

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October 28, 2020

SPP stakeholders approve transmission plans and improvements to power grid operations

Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board and stakeholders approved plans for new transmission and made strategic decisions related to real-time grid operations, administration of its wholesale energy market and corporate affairs during October quarterly meetings.

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October 27, 2020

Southwest Power Pool Elects Elizabeth Moore to board of directors

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity, elected Elizabeth Moore of New York to the company’s board of directors effective Oct. 27.

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October 1, 2020

From SPP's COO: Pandemic response update and news from the Sept. 22 board meeting

Lanny Nickell, SPP executive vice president and chief operating officer, shared the latest news regarding our pandemic response plans, which continue to evolve, and to provide a few updates from SPP’s recent board meeting.

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September 14, 2020

MISO and SPP to conduct joint study targeting interconnection challenges

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) will collaborate on a year-long transmission study designed to identify transmission projects with comprehensive, cost effective and efficient upgrades. Both RTOs are looking for solutions to historical challenges facing generation interconnection customers in areas where their boundaries connect, also known as seams.

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September 3, 2020

An update from SPP President & CEO Barbara Sugg - Sept. 3, 2020

Our collective progress this year is a testament to the relationships that power SPP. Together we have navigated temporary and lasting changes to the way we work. We have reliably supplied power, improved infrastructure, ensured competitive wholesale prices and welcomed new members and customers. I am encouraged by our return to pre-pandemic load levels, and I know together, we stand ready to meet new energy challenges that arise.

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September 1, 2020

SPP’s role in western reliability continues to grow with addition of new customers in four states

Southwest Power Pool’s western reliability coordination service will expand in 2021 with the addition of eight new generating resources managed by Gridforce Energy Management in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. The agreement with Gridforce comes as SPP finishes its first year ensuring reliability on behalf of customers in the Western Interconnection.

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August 10, 2020

Northwest Power Pool hires Southwest Power Pool to aid in resource adequacy program development

PORTLAND, OR – Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) has hired Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to act as the Program Developer in its effort to develop a resource adequacy program for its member utilities.

In this role, SPP will work with the NWPP and its participating member utilities to expand and refine the preliminary program design into a comprehensive resource adequacy program.

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July 29, 2020

SPP stakeholders discuss wind, market roadmap, 2020 goals and HITT improvements

With approvals and guidance from our stakeholder-led committees and independent board, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) looks to implement policy changes and refine our market-development strategy in the second half of 2020.

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July 1, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - July 1, 2020

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.

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