Press Releases

June 23, 2016

SPP Seeks Industry Experts to Assess Competitive Transmission Project Proposals

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) is accepting applications to serve on an independent panel to review transmission construction proposals in 2017.

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April 26, 2016

SPP board votes to lower planning reserve margins, award first competitively bid project, approve $363M in transmission upgrades

Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) board of directors today approved two recommendations, lowering the regional transmission organization’s (RTO) planning reserve margin and naming the designated transmission owner (DTO) responsible for construction of SPP’s first competitively bid transmission project.

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April 12, 2016

SPP completes competitive transmission project process, publishes industry expert report and recommendation to board

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) today published its first Industry Expert Panel (IEP) Recommendation Report assessing competitive proposals for construction of the “Walkemeyer” project: an estimated 21-mile, 115kV line from Walkemeyer to North Liberal in western Kansas. This report includes the IEP’s recommendation to the SPP board of directors for the selection of a designated transmission owner (DTO) and an alternate DTO.

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March 23, 2016

SPP RE Trustees elect new chairman

On March 22, the Southwest Power Pool Regional Entity Trustees held a public teleconference to elect a new chairman, due to the resignation of former chairman John Meyer. Dave Christiano was elected as the new SPP RE Trustees chairman. Please contact Emily Pennel for more information.

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February 29, 2016

SPP employees inspire students to explore STEM education

SPP hosted more than 100 high-school students from across the state Feb. 25 to demonstrate to them the value of STEM education in our work.

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January 26, 2016

Transmission upgrades delivering substantial value for Southwest Power Pool members

Construction of electric transmission upgrades in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) from 2012 to 2014 resulted in more than $240 million in fuel cost savings for utilities during the first year of operation of the company’s wholesale energy market, according to a new study from the regional power grid operator.

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January 26, 2016

Southwest Power Pool elects Graham Edwards, Bruce Scherr to Board of Directors

The members of Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable and affordable sources of electricity, today elected Graham Edwards of Isle of Palms, S.C., and Bruce Scherr of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to the company’s board of directors during a meeting in Oklahoma City.

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October 13, 2015

SPP, MISO and Joint Parties Reach Transmission Usage Agreement

A settlement agreement has been filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) around capacity usage and associated compensation to be paid for use of as-available, non-firm transmission capacity on neighboring transmission systems among MISO, Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP), and the Joint Parties, which includes Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Associated Electric Cooperative (AECI), Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E), Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

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October 1, 2015

Western, Basin, Heartland join Southwest Power Pool

At midnight, Western Area Power Administration’s Upper Great Plains Region, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Heartland Consumers Power District successfully transferred functional control of the integrated transmission system to Southwest Power Pool and began operating in the regional transmission organization. This was the final step in achieving full membership in the RTO.

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July 27, 2015

Southwest Power Pool releases final analysis of draft Clean Power Plan

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional power grid operator that ensures access to reliable sources of electricity at affordable rates, today released its final analysis of the potential impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft Clean Power Plan.

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