Press Releases

April 27, 2021

SPP reports $2.14B in annual savings for members, unveils new mission and vision to board of directors

At the April 26-27 meetings of its Regional State Committee and Board of Directors/Members Committee, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) touted the significant savings it provides its members and unveiled a new mission and vision statement to guide its continued evolution.

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April 12, 2021

Kelly Carney to serve as SPP vice president of human capital

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has chosen Kelly Carney to serve as SPP vice president of human capital and chief people officer effective April 16, 2021.

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April 9, 2021

Additional utility joins evaluation of RTO expansion to the west; study anticipates $49M in annual savings for current and new members

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) received a letter from Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) expressing interest in evaluating membership in the organization.

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March 4, 2021

SPP to conduct comprehensive review of February winter storm event

Little Rock, Ark. — During a special meeting March 2, Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors approved a plan to assess SPP’s performance, and that of its member utilities, during the February 2021 winter weather event that impacted SPP’s operations.

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February 24, 2021

A statement from Barbara Sugg, Southwest Power Pool president and chief executive officer

As a grid operator tasked with ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity to a 14-state region, Southwest Power Pool experienced the most operationally challenging week we’ve ever faced in our 80-year history last week. Record-low temperatures hit the entirety of our service territory and stayed low for days on end. The result was a simultaneous increase in electricity use at the same time power producers faced fuel-supply issues and equipment malfunctions: a perfect storm that stressed the bulk electric system to its limits. And, yet, with only two short-lived exceptions, SPP kept the lights on.

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February 18, 2021

SPP ends Energy Emergency Alert, remains in conservative operations

As of 9:30 a.m. Central time, Feb. 18, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is no longer under an energy emergency alert (EEA). Due to continuing high loads and other implications of severe cold weather, it remains in a period of conservative operations until 10 p.m. Central time, Feb. 20, for the entire SPP balancing authority area.

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February 16, 2021

Grid Conditions Update (Feb. 16, 2021 6:46 a.m.): EEA3 declared effective immediately

SPP is declaring an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3 effective immediately for our entire 14-state balancing authority area. System-wide generating capacity has dropped below our current load of approximately 42 gigawatts (GW) due to extremely low temperatures and inadequate supplies of natural gas.

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February 15, 2021

SPP issues new energy emergency alert due to extreme cold

Extreme cold weather has created energy deficiencies in the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) region. SPP declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 2 beginning at 7:22 am central time Monday, Feb. 15. An EEA Level 2 requires SPP to direct its member companies to issue public conservation appeals. This EEA2 alert will remain in effect until further notice to mitigate the risk of more widespread and longer-lasting outages.

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February 15, 2021

SPP elevates Energy Emergency Alert to Level 3 as grid conditions tighten further

Persistent and extreme cold weather has led to region-wide electricity use that exceeds available generation across the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) service territory. At 10:08 a.m. central time on Monday, Feb. 15 the grid operator declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3, signaling that its operating reserves are below the required minimum. SPP has directed its member utilities to be prepared to implement controlled interruptions of service if necessary.

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February 15, 2021

SPP restores load, anticipates that regional grid conditions will continue to evolve

After directing its member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service shortly after noon on Feb. 15, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has restored load to its 14-state region as of 2:00 p.m. Central time. The grid operator now has enough generation available to meet demand throughout its service territory and to fully meet its minimum reserve requirements.

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