Press Releases

May 18, 2022

Southwest Power Pool names directors to support market operation and development

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announced the promotion of two employees into positions supporting administration and development of SPP’s wholesale electricity markets. SPP has chosen Steve Johnson to serve as Director of Markets Administration and Yasser Bahbaz as Director of Markets Development, effective June 16, 2022.

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May 12, 2022

Grid operator Southwest Power Pool anticipates sufficient energy resources to keep the lights on throughout the summer

Southwest Power Pool, the grid operator responsible for coordinating electric reliability for a 14-state region in the central U.S., expects to have enough generating capacity to meet the regional demand for electricity through the summer season.

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April 26, 2022

SPP board selects NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to construct $55 million Oklahoma transmission project

Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors approved an industry expert panel (IEP) recommendation for NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to build the Minco-Pleasant Valley-Draper transmission project.

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March 29, 2022

SPP sets regional records for renewable energy production

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) set several renewable records March 28 and 29, 2022. At 2:42 a.m. Central time March 29, SPP set a new renewable energy penetration record of 90.2%, beating the previous record of 87.5% set May 8, 2021.

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March 21, 2022

Tamika Edwards named SPP Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has chosen Tamika Edwards to serve as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), effective March 28, 2022.

In her new role, Edwards will lead SPP’s DEI initiatives and work closely with internal and external stakeholders to continually advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization and community.

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March 4, 2022

MISO and SPP complete Joint Targeted Interconnection Queue

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) released the results of their 18-month study focused on improving reliability and resolving targeted transmission constraints along their shared boundaries or “seams.” The report focused on developing transmission solutions to support the evolving resource mix shared by both regions.

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January 25, 2022

Southwest Power Pool elects Cupparo and Trowbridge to serve on board of directors

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity, elected John Cupparo and Ben Trowbridge to its independent board of directors Jan. 25. Both directors are elected to three-year terms by a vote of SPP’s membership.

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January 25, 2022

Colorado utilities plan to join the Western Energy Imbalance Service Market

Xcel Energy-Colorado, Platte River Power Authority and Black Hills Colorado Electric, LLC announced plans today to join the Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) Market, operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

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January 14, 2022

SPP seeks industry experts to assess competitive transmission project proposals

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is accepting applications to create a pool of industry experts. These experts may be chosen to serve on an independent panel to review competitive transmission construction proposals in 2022.

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November 2, 2021

SPP’s first gas pipeline member represents close collaboration across industries

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) welcomed its newest member, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc., effective Nov. 1. Their membership is a representation of steps both organizations are taking to encourage closer coordination between the electric and gas industries based on lessons learned during Winter Storm Uri.

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