Press Releases

January 11, 2024

Southwest Power Pool Preparing for Significant Cold Weather across Footprint

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization (RTO) responsible for coordinating electric reliability for a 14-state region in the central U.S., is monitoring the impending extreme cold weather events forecasted to impact its Reliability Coordination (RC) and Balancing Authority (BA) footprints. The RC and BA footprints include states in both the Eastern and Western Interconnection. In anticipation of the arctic weather pattern, SPP has already declared multiple advisories for energy operators within its service territory.

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January 5, 2024

SPP seeks industry experts to assess competitive transmission project proposals

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — 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 2024.

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January 3, 2024

SPP names Felek Abbas as new vice president and chief security officer

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has selected Felek Abbas as vice president and chief security officer, effective Jan. 3, 2024. The new position is important to safeguarding SPP’s vital role in grid operations and protecting SPP’s data and personnel.

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November 10, 2023

SPP marks milestones and progress across western efforts in early November

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Since 2019 when Southwest Power Pool (SPP) officially became a reliability coordinator for several utilities in the Western Interconnection, the grid operator has steadily grown its western customer base and portfolio of western services. The first two weeks of November 2023 have seen SPP make significant progress in continuing to advance three of those services: its operation of the Western Resource Adequacy Program (WRAP) on behalf of Western Power Pool; Markets+, SPP’s proposed bundle of day-ahead and real-time market services; and expansion of SPP’s regional transmission organization (RTO) services into the Western Interconnection.

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October 31, 2023

Southwest Power Pool welcomes Stuart Solomon, Irene Dimitry to board, reelects Elizabeth Moore to new term

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity, elected Stuart Solomon and Irene Dimitry to its independent board of directors Oct. 31. Elizabeth Moore, current board member, was elected to serve another term. Solomon, Dimitry and Moore were elected to three-year terms by a vote of SPP’s membership, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

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October 18, 2023

MN Commerce Department and regional grid operators receive $464 million from U.S. Department of Energy for innovative electric grid project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved $464 million to fund a joint proposal by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Great Plains Institute and two regional electricity transmission operators, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for DOE’s Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) program.

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September 14, 2023

SPP RTO will expand with commitments from western utilities

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) will soon become the first organization in the U.S. to provide full regional transmission organization (RTO) services in both the Eastern and Western Interconnections of the nation’s power grid. SPP has received commitments from seven western utilities to become full members in the RTO. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Colorado Springs Utilities, Deseret Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN), Platte River Power Authority, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and three regions of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)—Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Rocky Mountain Region (RM) and Upper Great Plains-West (UGP)—are preparing to join the RTO in early 2026. The expansion of SPP’s service territory is expected to create economic and reliability benefits for its member companies through access to a larger generation fleet, greater geographic diversity, and increased trading opportunities in SPP’s energy markets.

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August 15, 2023

SPP board selects NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to construct $291.6 million New Mexico transmission project

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors approved an industry expert panel (IEP) recommendation for NextEra Energy Transmission Southwest, LLC to build the Crossroads-Hobbs-Roadrunner transmission project. The proposed 90.5-mile and 44.5-mile, 345-kilovolt lines will connect the Crossroads, Hobbs and Roadrunner substations in New Mexico, will cost an estimated $291.6 million to construct and are expected to be completed in 2026. The board approved Southwestern Public Service Company as the alternate builder.

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July 12, 2023

Southwest Power Pool achieves milestone in Generator Interconnection study backlog mitigation

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has reached a milestone in its efforts to clear a backlog of requests to study the impacts of connecting new generating resources to the region’s power grid. Over the last several years, overwhelming interest in building new generation – primarily from developers looking to construct wind and solar farms – led to longer than usual timelines in SPP’s study processes. Thanks to mitigation strategies developed in collaboration with its interconnection customers and member utilities, SPP has reached the halfway point in clearing the study backlog, paving the way for the construction of dozens of new resources that will make electricity more affordable and reliable throughout the central U.S.

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June 22, 2023

Southwest Power Pool named one of the best places to work in Arkansas

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has been named one of the best places to work in Arkansas, according to Arkansas Business. The Best Places to Work in Arkansas recognition is a result of a survey administered by Workforce Research Group and identifies, recognizes and honors the best employers throughout the state.

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