Become a Transmission Owner

A Transmission Owner is an entity that owns and maintains transmission facilities, each member of SPP whose transmission facilities (in whole or in part) make up the Transmission System and has executed a membership agreement as a Transmission Owner. Those Transmission Owners that are not regulated by the Commission shall not become subject to Commission regulation by virtue of their status as Transmission Owners under this Tariff; provided, however, that service over their facilities classified as transmission and covered by the Tariff shall be subject to Commission regulation.

Transmission Owner Timeline

Once your company completes the Regulatory analysis process, all documentation will be given to the Onboarding Specialist to complete the process. Transmission Owners become active in SPP models on the first day of February, April, June, August, October, or December and in coordination with the FERC filing.

Transmission Owner Registration Process

A company wishing to become a Transmission Owner with SPP will need complete a regulatory analysis process. The following information and documentation will be required and provided to SPP Regulatory department.

Step 1

Regulatory will request the following documentation:

  • List of Transmission Facilities being transferred to SPP’s functional control
  • Description of each facility being transferred to SPP’s functional control
    • General description of capacity of the facility
    • Total length of each line
    • Total cost of each investment
    • One-Line Diagrams for each substation and each system being transferred. For substations not completely transferred to SPP’s functional control, a point of demarcation shall be provided for the division of authority within that substation between SPP and the Transmission Owner. This point of demarcation will typically be at a high voltage switch in a lead to a generator step-up transformer or to a distribution step down transformer.
  • Location of each facility
  • List of facilities under construction
  • Submit Grandfathered Agreements including service committed across the facility(ies)
  • Any Interconnection Agreements these facilities are subject to
  • Location of any meters that interface with other Transmission Owners including the host Balancing Authority (BA), with non-SPP transmission owners, or with transmission customers.
  • Revenue Requirements & Rates for each facility
  • Loss Factor Calculation
  • Source/Sink name registered in the EIR
  • Submit Grandfathered Agreements including service committed across the facility(ies)
  • Any Interconnection Agreements these facilities are subject to
  • Location of any meters that interface with other Transmission Owners including the host Balancing Authority (BA), with non-SPP transmission owners, or with transmission customers.
  • Source/Sink name registered in the EIR

Step 2

  • Please create a Request Management System (RMS) account (if you have not already done so). 
  • Submit a RMS ticket 
  • Use the Quick Pick option and select “Registration Inquiry” 
  • Check the box “Include Attachment(s) (upload screen will display on submit)” 
  • Click the “Submit” button to finalize your submission.
  • Note: Attachments can be uploaded in increments of no more than three (3) attachments at one time. Additional attachments can be added (in increments of three) by going back to the attachments option in the menu field.

Step 3

Complete both Transmission Service Agreements for the desired types of service.

Step 4

Be sure to include the following documents (as attachments) within your RMS ticket:

  • A cover letter that includes a statement that your company "is an eligible customer under SPP's Open Access Transmission Tariff."
  • Financial statements, annual reports, current rating agency report from Standard & Poor's or Moody's and any other information you wish to be considered in making your credit determination.
  • An executed Credit – Appendix B – Credit and Security Agreement.
  • A completed SPP Bank Information Form.
  • W-9 form if your company does not submit a Letter of Credit (if you send cash or wire)

Step 5

Your Local Security Administrator will need to obtain a digital certificate from Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI).  To begin the process of obtaining an OATI webCARES Digital Certificate, please contact OATI webCARES Support at (763) 201-2020 or support@oati.net for more information about pricing, signing of a webCARES User Agreement, and the Security Officer verification process.

If you have a digital certificate, your registered certificate information can be obtain here.

* Local Security Administrator (LSA)

LSA is the primary person at an entity who sets up user access to Integrated Marketplace applications, and they are able to:

  • Add, edit, and delete users
  • Assign and remove roles from users
  • Add, change, and remove user access from the MCST application
  • Vet and approve users requesting RMS access

Additional Information

If you need additional information, please call the Onboarding Specialist at (501) 688-8316.