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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It has now been more than a month since SPP took our first steps in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. What began with restrictions on travel and access to our facilities soon evolved to physical distancing of staff, health screenings and a transition of all stakeholder meetings to web and teleconferences. Looking back, it’s hard to believe so much has changed in just a few short weeks, but we’re proud to note that its impact to the service we’re able to provide you, our customers, has been minimal.Read More
As an example of the ways our organization has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, this week we conducted our first large, quarterly stakeholder meetings entirely as web conferences. SPP prides itself on its relationship-based culture, and I’m so pleased with how well that culture helped us to make our Markets and Operations Policy Committee and Strategic Planning Committee meetings a success. The initial feedback and effective meeting outcomes suggest that despite the crazy world we’re all living in now, SPP is well-equipped to continue to help our members work together to keep the lights on today, and in the future.Read More
We hope you are still making plans to attend our quarterly board-level meetings in April and July. The April meetings will all be conducted via WebEx.
Meeting virtually rather than in-person will require us to facilitate meeting logistics differently than we would under normal circumstances. We still want all of our stakeholders to have a meaningful voice consistent with our member-driven business model, and we will provide all meeting registrants instructions for effectively using the web conferencing platform prior to each event.
Southwest Power Pool continues to adapt along with the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we’ve shared previously, we have taken a number of steps to mitigate the risks of introducing or spreading the virus among our staff. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our employees, though should that change, we stand ready with a number of contingency plans to respond quickly and ensure our continuous operation.Read More
It’s with a heavy heart that I write to share the news of the death of one of our colleagues. Bruce Scherr, a member of our board of directors since January 2016, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly the evening of March 29. Bruce served on the Finance Committee since 2017 and as Finance Committee chair beginning in 2018. He served on the Value and Affordability Task Force in 2019 and the Oversight Committee from 2017-2018. He was 72.Read More
SPP is quickly adapting to our new normal. Our non-operations staff has transitioned to working remotely, we are conducting all meetings virtually, and a team of leaders from across the organization now meets daily to assess and respond to circumstances that are still developing around us. We are also taking numerous proactive steps that will undoubtedly benefit us if the COVID-19 threat continues for several months. As noted in last week’s email, we continue to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of our operations staff. We appreciate your support and partnership as we all work together to navigate the uncertainties posed by this unprecedented event.Read More