Transmission Upgrades Give SPP a $240M ‘Bang for the Buck’

A study released on January 26 has found that members of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) realized over $240 million in annual fuel cost savings during the first year of operation of their wholesale energy market from the transmission investments they made between 2012 through … Read more…

Mountrail-Williams Electric Joins Southwest Power Pool

Williston, North Dakota-based Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative (WEC) became the newest member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) on December 22. SPP is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that manages the electric grid and wholesale energy market for the central United States. Joining the RTO will … Read more…

SPP, MISO and Joint Parties File Transmission Usage Pact with FERC for Approval

A settlement agreement has been filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) around transmission capacity usage and associated compensation to be paid to neighboring transmission systems  – among them, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO); Southwest Power Pool (SPP); and joint parties, including Southern Company, … Read more…

Western, Basin, and Heartland Join Southwest Power Pool

At midnight on October 1, Western Area Power Administration’s Upper Great Plains Region, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and Heartland Consumers Power District – the owners of the Integrated System (IS) – successfully transferred functional control to the Southwest Power Pool and began operating as part … Read more…

Xcel to Refund $18.6M to Texas Retail Customers

Lower natural gas prices and cheaper power imports into the Panhandle and South Plains – the latter, made possible by new transmission line connections – are making it possible for Xcel Energy to refund $18.6 million to its Texas retail customers, the utility announced on … Read more…

Southwest Power Pool Launches Marketplace

Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization (RTO), launched an integrated marketplace in which market participants buy and sell wholesale energy and reserves in both a day-ahead and real-time market through the operation of a single, consolidated balancing authority. Accenture was instrumental in helping … Read more…

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