Press Releases

January 13, 2021

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 2021.

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December 23, 2020

SPP receives approval of western market tariff

On Dec. 23, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Services (WEIS) tariff. The commission’s order paves the way for SPP’s planned launch of the real-time balancing market on Feb. 1, 2021. It comes after SPP entered into a period of parallel operations with its market participants in early December, during which participants continue testing and training in the WEIS market’s production environment.

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December 17, 2020

Kara Fornstrom to serve as SPP director of state regulatory policy

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has chosen Wyoming Public Service Commission Chairman Kara Fornstrom to serve as director of state regulatory policy effective Jan. 19, 2021.

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December 14, 2020

An update from SPP President & CEO Barbara Sugg - Dec. 14, 2020

As we near the end of 2020, I wanted to share one last update from Southwest Power Pool and offer some reflections on the last few months and the next few that lie ahead.

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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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