Press Releases

February 27, 2020

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 2020.

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February 21, 2020

SPP files WEIS Tariff with FERC

On Feb. 21, 2020, SPP filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a tariff that defines rates, terms and conditions for the Western Energy Imbalance Services (WEIS) market. The WEIS Tariff defines the market’s rules and obligations for market participants and for SPP as the market operator. The tariff includes a market participant agreement effective on the date each market participant begins participating in WEIS. SPP will administer the WEIS Tariff separate from its Open Access Transmission Tariff.

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January 30, 2020

Southwest Power Pool board names new executive leaders

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announced on Jan. 30 two new officers will join its senior leadership team. At the recommendation of president and CEO-elect Barbara Sugg and COO Lanny Nickell, the SPP board of directors has elected Sam Ellis to serve as vice president of IT and chief information security officer (CISO) and Antoine Lucas to serve as vice president of engineering effective Feb.1.

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January 28, 2020

Southwest Power Pool elects Bronwen Bastone to board of directors

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable electricity, held its quarterly board meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SPP’s members elected Bronwen Bastone of New York City to the company’s board of directors effective Jan. 28, 2020.

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January 28, 2020

Nickell elected as SPP’s chief operating officer

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) board of directors announced on Jan. 28 it has elected Lanny Nickell as SPP’s executive vice president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Nickell joined SPP in 1997 and most recently served as senior vice president of engineering.

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January 28, 2020

SPP announces 2020 transmission expansion plan and electricity storage recommendations

Southwest Power Pool stakeholders gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Jan. 27-28 for meetings of the board of directors and Regional State Committee of regulatory commissioners. Larry Altenbaumer, board of directors chair, recognized Nick Brown on his retirement after 17 years as president and chief executive officer, Barbara Sugg on her election as president and chief executive officer, Carl Monroe on his retirement after 15 years as chief operating officer, Lanny Nickell on his election as chief operating officer, and Bronwen Bastone on her election to the board of directors.

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January 15, 2020

Southwest Power Pool board names Barbara Sugg as new president and CEO

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) board of directors announced Jan. 15 that it has unanimously selected Barbara Sugg to serve as the organization’s new president and CEO effective later this year. Sugg is currently SPP’s senior vice president of information technology and chief security officer.

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December 12, 2019

SPP’s western market gains two new participants

Two more utilities will be participants of Southwest Power Pool’s Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) Market when it launches in February 2021. The Wyoming Municipal Power Agency (WMPA) and Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) have announced they are joining SPP’s new contract service that will provide a real-time balancing market in the Western Interconnection.

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December 11, 2019

SPP launches new Strategic Market Roadmap development process

SPP's new Strategic Market Roadmap development process launches Dec. 11 and will enhance the process by which SPP and its stakeholders collaborate on proposed changes to its day-ahead and real-time electricity markets, the Integrated Marketplace. Specifically, it increases transparency and gives stakeholders input into the design and prioritization of market enhancements earlier in SPP’s resource-planning and decision-making processes.

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December 3, 2019

Southwest Power Pool now providing reliability coordination service in the west

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) launched its western reliability coordination (RC) service Dec. 3. SPP now ensures the reliability of the bulk electric system in the west on behalf of:
• Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.
• Black Hills Energy’s three electric utilities: Black Hills Power, Inc.; Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Company; and Black Hills Colorado Electric, Inc.
• City of Farmington, New Mexico
• Colorado Springs Utilities
• El Paso Electric Company
• Intermountain Rural Electric Association
• Platte River Power Authority
• Public Service Company of Colorado (Xcel Energy)
• Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
• Tucson Electric Power
• Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, WAPA Desert Southwest Region, WAPA Rocky Mountain Region, and WAPA Upper Great Plains – West

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