Press Releases

November 7, 2022

SPP confirms timing of Markets+ implementation milestones; Powerex commits to Markets+ participation and funding

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announces that it will implement major components of the governance structure of its planned Markets+ service in 2023 and will explore launching a transitional component of Markets+ in 2024: A transitional real-time balancing market similar to its Western Energy Imbalance Service Market (WEIS).

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October 20, 2022

Carrie Simpson to serve as Southwest Power Pool’s director of western services development

SPP has chosen Carrie Simpson to lead the continued development of its electricity services in the western U.S. as Director of Western Services Development effective Nov. 1, 2022. In her new role, Simpson will direct the ongoing development and implementation of wholesale electricity markets and other electricity services in partnership with SPP’s stakeholders.

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September 6, 2022

Arizona entities announce commitment to SPP Markets+ development

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce several entities in Arizona have committed to supporting the next phase of Markets+ development. Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Arizona Public Service Company, Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power join seven other entities who previously committed to supporting market development (see SPP’s August 16 and August 29 announcements).

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August 29, 2022

Southwest Power Pool announces additional commitments to western market development

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce six additional entities have expressed interest in participating in the next phase of Markets+ development. Avista Corp., Chelan County Public Utility District, Grant County Public Utility District, Powerex Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power join Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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August 25, 2022

SPP welcomes new utility to group evaluating western RTO expansion

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is pleased to announce receipt of Platte River Power Authority’s (Platte River) notice of intent to join several western entities evaluating participation in SPP’s regional transmission organization (RTO).

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August 16, 2022

Southwest Power Pool announces new western energy market initiative commitment

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — As Southwest Power Pool (SPP) prepares to publish its Markets+ service offering in November 2022, it is already attracting interested customers in the Western Interconnection. Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency serving nearly 3 million people in the Pacific Northwest, is the first western utility to formally commit to funding further development of SPP’s Markets+.

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August 1, 2022

Southwest Power Pool’s western electricity market grows with addition of Colorado Springs Utilities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After more than a year of preparation, Colorado Springs Utilities became an active participant in Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market at midnight on August 1, 2022. SPP’s WEIS market enhances the reliability and affordability of wholesale electricity by serving the real-time demand for electricity with the lowest-cost generating resources available in the market at any given time.

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January 25, 2022

Colorado utilities plan to join the Western Energy Imbalance Service Market

Xcel Energy-Colorado, Platte River Power Authority and Black Hills Colorado Electric, LLC announced plans today to join the Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) Market, operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

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August 3, 2021

Northwest Power Pool to Hire Southwest Power Pool to Provide Program Operator Services for Resource Adequacy Program under Development

Northwest Power Pool (NWPP) intends to hire Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) to provide program operator services in its effort to develop a resource adequacy program for interested utilities in the West.

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July 27, 2021

SPP board of directors approves western RTO expansion terms and conditions

Southwest Power Pool’s board of directors and Strategic Planning Committee approved the submitted policy-level terms and conditions for regional transmission organization (RTO) expansion in the Western Interconnection during its quarterly joint stakeholder meeting July 27.

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