Press Releases

September 1, 2020

SPP’s role in western reliability continues to grow with addition of new customers in four states

Southwest Power Pool’s western reliability coordination service will expand in 2021 with the addition of eight new generating resources managed by Gridforce Energy Management in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico. The agreement with Gridforce comes as SPP finishes its first year ensuring reliability on behalf of customers in the Western Interconnection.

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August 10, 2020

Northwest Power Pool hires Southwest Power Pool to aid in resource adequacy program development

PORTLAND, OR – Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) has hired Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to act as the Program Developer in its effort to develop a resource adequacy program for its member utilities.

In this role, SPP will work with the NWPP and its participating member utilities to expand and refine the preliminary program design into a comprehensive resource adequacy program.

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July 29, 2020

SPP stakeholders discuss wind, market roadmap, 2020 goals and HITT improvements

With approvals and guidance from our stakeholder-led committees and independent board, Southwest Power Pool (SPP) looks to implement policy changes and refine our market-development strategy in the second half of 2020.

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July 1, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - July 1, 2020

I hope this message finds you well. This week we notified our staff of our first confirmed case of COVID-19 among employees. Our human resources and emergency management teams were well prepared to support the employee and take action to protect others. Our contact-tracing protocols determined the employee had not been on the SPP campus throughout the pandemic, and no other employees were exposed.

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June 16, 2020

Report: SPP had lowest average wholesale market prices nationwide in 2019

In the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s 2018 State of the Markets Report, the commission found SPP had the lowest average wholesale market prices in the nation in 2019.

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June 11, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - June 11, 2020

I hope this message finds you well. The past few weeks have seen a lot of change. In our communities, we have seen pain and protest, a renewed rise in coronavirus cases and businesses adapting to a new normal. At SPP, we have had new members join our organization, welcomed our first class of remotely working summer interns and approved a framework for our employees’ return to our offices.

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May 21, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - May 21, 2020

I am proud to announce that our regional transmission organization membership is growing. Over the past few weeks, we welcomed two new members to Southwest Power Pool: Roughrider Electric Cooperative became a member April 30, and EDF Renewables will be our newest member, effective June 1. These additions bring our member company count to 100 for the first time in SPP’s history.

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May 14, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - May 14, 2020

This week marks two months since we first implemented a work-from-home policy for most of our staff in response to the pandemic. I thank my team daily for continuing to provide every critical function despite the pandemic upending our way of work. I thank all of you who have worked with us and worked together to keep the lights on for millions of people across our region. Your continued engagement with us and with each other is the key to our success. We are continuing to move forward.

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May 7, 2020

SPP COVID-19 Response Update - May 7, 2020

As we continue to adjust to our new reality, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past few weeks. SPP has not only responded effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic but also continued to provide our critical services without interruption.

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April 28, 2020

SPP board discusses COVID-19 impacts, approves uniform local planning criteria

On April 27-28, Southwest Power Pool held online meetings of its Regional State Committee of regulatory commissioners and Board of Directors and Members Committee. Barbara Sugg, who became SPP’s president and CEO on April 1, discussed COVID-19 impacts.

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