Press Releases

August 3, 2021

Northwest Power Pool to Hire Southwest Power Pool to Provide Program Operator Services for Resource Adequacy Program under Development

Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) intends to hire Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to provide program operator services in its effort to develop a resource adequacy program for interested utilities in the West.

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July 27, 2021

SPP board of directors approves western RTO expansion terms and conditions

Southwest Power Pool’s board of directors and Strategic Planning Committee approved the submitted policy-level terms and conditions for regional transmission organization (RTO) expansion in the Western Interconnection during its quarterly joint stakeholder meeting July 27.

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July 27, 2021

SPP board directs action on winter storm recommendations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On July 26-27, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) board of directors directed SPP to address root causes of the February 2021 electric grid emergency, approved a new strategic plan and endorsed an improved process for adding new generation to the grid, among other business.

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July 16, 2021

Talina Mathews to serve as SPP director of state regulatory policy

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has chosen Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) Commissioner Talina Mathews to serve as director of state regulatory policy, effective Aug. 16, 2021.

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May 12, 2021

Colorado Springs Utilities joins Southwest Power Pool’s western market, will evaluate RTO membership

Colorado Springs Utilities will join Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) Market in April 2022 and join other western utilities in evaluating membership in SPP’s regional transmission organization (RTO).

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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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