Press Releases

August 21, 2017

Grid operator Southwest Power Pool keeps the lights on during August 21 eclipse

Electrically, Aug. 21 was just another day for Southwest Power Pool (SPP), whose accurate forecasts and skilled real-time operations staff ensured that lights (and air conditioners) stayed on without interruption even while darkness fell at midday across its 14-state footprint during the totality of a solar eclipse.

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July 25, 2017

Southwest Power Pool to dissolve regional entity, focus on regional transmission organization functions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have mutually agreed to terminate the Amended and Restated Delegation Agreement between North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Southwest Power Pool, Inc. On July 23, 2017, the SPP Regional Transmission Organization’s (RTO) board of directors and members committee voted to authorize President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Brown to terminate the delegation agreement at the appropriate time, which will effectively dissolve the SPP Regional Entity (RE). The SPP RE Trustees approved a resolution on July 24, 2017 endorsing the decision.

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July 12, 2017

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 2018.

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May 2, 2017

Keith Collins to oversee Southwest Power Pool Market Monitoring Unit beginning June 1, 2017

The five independent directors comprising Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Oversight Committee voted April 13, 2017, to name Keith Collins the new executive director of SPP’s Market Monitoring Unit (MMU), effective June 1, 2017.

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March 16, 2017

Report from North America’s electricity system operators examines impact of emerging technologies

A report from an affiliation of independent electric grid operators concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

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February 13, 2017

SPP sets North American record for wind power

Southwest Power Pool set a wind-penetration record of 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 12, becoming the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy. The milestone beats a previous North American RTO record of 49.2 percent that SPP set April 24, 2016. Wind penetration is a measure of the amount of total load served by wind at a given time.

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February 10, 2017

With DOE approval, Southwest Power Pool now authorized to export power into Canada

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) on Feb. 7 received notice that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved an application to export energy to Saskpower, Saskatchewan’s leading electricity supplier. Terms of the 5-year export license specify that SPP may export up to 150 MW of instantaneous power and up to 900 GWh of power during any consecutive 12-month period.

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February 1, 2017

SPP’s Sugg testifies to lawmakers that electric utility industry is committed to security of the power grid

At today’s House Subcommittee on Energy hearing titled “The Electricity Sector’s Efforts to Respond to Cybersecurity Threats,” Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Security Officer Barbara Sugg testified on behalf of the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) — of which SPP is a member — an association of North American regional transmission organizations and independent system operators that ensure electric reliability and oversee wholesale electricity markets in their respective regions.

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January 31, 2017

Southwest Power Pool elects Mark Crisson to Board of Directors, approves 13 transmission upgrades

At a meeting in Dallas on Jan. 31, the members of Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable sources of electricity, elected Mark Crisson to the company’s board of directors and approved construction of 13 transmission upgrades as part of their Integrated Transmission Planning (ITP) process.

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December 16, 2016

Southwest Power Pool celebrates 75 years of electric reliability through relationships

On Dec. 16, 1941, in support of the American war effort, 11 electric utilities agreed to pool their resources to keep power flowing to Jones Mill — an aluminum production facility outside Malvern, Ark. President Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime goal to produce 50,000 airplanes per year had created the need for huge quantities of aluminum, and Jones Mill’s operation would require 120 megawatts of power — exceeding its home state’s installed capacity of 100 MW at the time. From the utilities’ partnership, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) was formed, and the new organization was successful in pooling power to support the plant. After the war, SPP continued as a leader providing safe, reliable power to U.S. homes.

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