Press Releases

December 23, 2022

Southwest Power Pool sees record wintertime electricity use, issues advisories in response to extreme cold

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Dec. 23, 2022 – The effects of widespread and extreme cold have led to new records and the declaration of several advisories and alerts in Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) service territory. SPP set a new record for electricity use during the winter season on Dec. 22, with load exceeding 47,000 MW. The previous record was 43,661 MW, set Feb. 15, 2021.

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December 23, 2022

Southwest Power Pool issues Energy Emergency Alert 1 due to extreme cold

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Dec. 23, 2022 – The effects of widespread and extreme cold have led to tightening electric reliability conditions in Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) service territory. We have issued an Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 (EEA1) effective Dec. 23, 5:20 pm CT until further notice. The declaration is due to higher-than-forecast load and generator availability as we head into our evening peak.

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December 21, 2022

SPP announces new vice presidents of markets and engineering

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announces changes to its senior leadership team. SPP has chosen Antoine Lucas to serve as Vice President of Markets, a new senior leadership position, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Lucas had previously served as SPP’s Vice President of Engineering. David Kelley, previously SPP’s Director of Seams and Tariff Services, will now serve as Vice President of Engineering.

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December 20, 2022

Kim O’Guinn to serve as SPP director of state regulatory policy

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has chosen Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) Commissioner Kim O’Guinn to serve as director of state regulatory policy, effective January 2023.

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December 8, 2022

A message from Barbara Sugg, Southwest Power Pool president and chief executive officer

A message from Barbara Sugg, Southwest Power Pool president and chief executive officer

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November 30, 2022

Southwest Power Pool releases detailed proposal for western energy market

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) published a detailed proposal for its Markets+ service Nov. 30, 2022. SPP will begin engaging the parties who already expressed interest in committing to Markets+ in December to formalize contractual commitments for phase one. Parties interested in committing to funding further market development must sign a Markets+ Market Participant Phase One Funding Agreement by April 1, 2023.

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November 7, 2022

SPP confirms timing of Markets+ implementation milestones; Powerex commits to Markets+ participation and funding

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announces that it will implement major components of the governance structure of its planned Markets+ service in 2023 and will explore launching a transitional component of Markets+ in 2024: A transitional real-time balancing market similar to its Western Energy Imbalance Service Market (WEIS).

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October 25, 2022

SPP board of directors selects new leadership, SPP membership elects two new directors

On Oct. 25, SPP and its membership elected two new directors to its board. Susan Certoma will serve as chair, and Elizabeth Moore will serve as vice chair. Steve Wright and Ray Hepper will fill two open board seats, with Wright’s term effective immediately and Hepper’s term effective Jan. 1, 2023.

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October 20, 2022

Carrie Simpson to serve as Southwest Power Pool’s director of western services development

SPP has chosen Carrie Simpson to lead the continued development of its electricity services in the western U.S. as Director of Western Services Development effective Nov. 1, 2022. In her new role, Simpson will direct the ongoing development and implementation of wholesale electricity markets and other electricity services in partnership with SPP’s stakeholders.

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October 3, 2022

Southwest Power Pool welcomes first international member

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) welcomed its newest member, Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower), effective Oct. 1, 2022. SaskPower is SPP’s first international member, and their membership represents both organizations’ continued efforts to increase reliability through interregional coordination.

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