Tag Archives: Southwest Power Pool (SPP)

Southwest Power Pool moves to boost reliability, storage amid CEO resignation

By Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Board of Directors on Monday approved 21 stakeholder policy recommendations on critical issues, such as enhancing reliability and cost allocation for new transmission. The SPP’s Holistic Integrated Tariff Team (HITT), made up of 15 stakeholders, offered recommendations to prepare the regional transmission operator for the grid of the future, including improvements to the wholesale energy market.

The transmission operator’s generation portfolio has changed dramatically over the past decade, with 50 GW of wind, 28.5 GW of solar and 5.7 GW of storage in its interconnection queue as of June. Stakeholder recommendations focused on this reality, asking SPP staff to create a white paper on energy storage and the future impacts of a battery storage buildout. Read more here.


Iowa Governor To Lead Midwestern Governors Association With Focus On Transmission

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) has announced its 2019 leadership: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz have been named chair and vice chair of the association, respectively . . . Under Reynolds – hailing from wind-rich Iowa – the association will bring together the energy policy and utility regulatory staff, as well as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and stakeholders, to establish a long-term transmission grid vision for the region. Read more here.

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Omaha-based Tenaska developing 2,000 MW of solar in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Market, Tenaska News Release

The transaction includes 14 solar projects with approximately 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The portfolio represents a large share of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota.  Flickr Photo by Juwi Renewable Energies Limited

Solar tsunami, PV Magazine USA
Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years. 

Electric Power Markets: National Overview, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Nebraska is a member of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) wholesale market.

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas. SPP manages transmission in fourteen states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Its membership is comprised of investor-owned utilities, municipal
systems, generation and transmission cooperatives, state authorities, independent power producers, power marketers and independent transmission companies.

SPP Integrated Marketplace turns five

By Jason Kuiper, The Wire, OPPD Blog

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) recently marked the five-year anniversary of launching its wholesale electricity market, the integrated marketplace. In noting the March 1 anniversary, SPP said market participants have saved more than $2.7 billion. Participants also have previously unimaginable access to renewables across the region. OPPD is a member of SPP, joining the marketplace in 2014. Read more here.
Image Credit: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Also written by Jason Kuiper

EV program recharging for another year
“This program has been wildly successful,” said Judy Sunde, senior product specialist at OPPD. “We sold out of our rebates from the pilot year.” Sunde said the new rebates will be available in mid-May. OPPD is again working with the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) to co-fund and distribute $500 rebates to customers who purchase ChargePoint EV chargers for their home via OPPD. Additionally, a $2,500 rebate is available after the purchase of a new EV and purchase, installation and registration of a ChargePoint Home charging station. Sunde said there is also a $2,500 or $3,500 incentive towards the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf, and $1,000 purchase incentive at Audi Omaha for an Audi e-tron.

Opinion: R-Project helps alleviate risk

Written by David Hamilton and Bree Denaeyer
Published by The North Platte Telegraph

We are landowner members of CCWEA and have been promoting the economic opportunities of wind energy development. There are three economic opportunities we will offer detail on:

  • Property tax relief for landowners
  • Landowner lease revenue
  • The third economic opportunity is long-term energy cost.

Learn more here.

David Hamilton of Thedford is vice president of the Cherry County Wind Energy Association, of which Bree Denaeyer is a board member. Both are fourth-generation landowners in Cherry County.


Website: R-Project: NPPD

    NPPD is a member of the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization. The SPP conducted a study, also known as the Integrated Transmission Plan, to assess the needs of the entire transmission network with the SPP region over the next 10 years. The R-Project is one of numerous projects to come out of that study. If NPPD did not build the R-Project, the SPP would find another entity to do so.
    NPPD is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner. We are dedicated to protecting environmental quality while meeting the energy needs of Nebraska. We recognize that how we interact with the environment is of vital importance to you. It is to us, too. That’s why we continuously explore ways to minimize the environmental footprint in all aspects of NPPD’s activities. The landscape of the Sandhills is truly unique, which is why NPPD’s engineering team and environmental experts work together to determine low-impact methods to construct the transmission line. We will employ modern construction techniques when building the line and take precautions around river crossings, creeks, and wetlands.
    NPPD used a thorough and comprehensive public involvement process to site the R-Project transmission line. More than 1,750 individuals attended one of 20 public open houses and public meetings and eight public hearings, providing NPPD with approximately 2,500 comments. The comments were reviewed against more than 50 established line routing criteria that included proximity to occupied residences, towns, villages, and other amenities, plus land use, environmental, engineering, and construction criteria. Learn more here.

Membership has its rewards

By Jason Kuiper and Laura King-Homan, The Wire, OPPD News

Last September, SPP announced its wholesale markets reduced the cost of electricity by more than $1 billion since 2014. Another recent milestone was reached earlier this year, when SPP became the first RTO to get more than half of its real-time power from wind energy.

And for OPPD, membership in SPP helped the utility meet the needs of Facebook, who earlier this year announced it would be building a data center in Sarpy County, believed to be one of the largest investments in the state’s history.

Read more here.


Colorado utilities may plug into regional electricity network serving 14 states

Southwest Power Pool participants could see $4.4 billion in net benefits.
By Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post

Environmental groups are among the most ardent supporters of the mountain states joining a larger transmission network. Not only would joining the SPP provide more access to wind power, but it could help the region better balance supply and demand as more renewable power sources become part of the power generation mix. “We see immense potential to get more renewable energy to market,” said Jennifer Gardner, a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a renewable energy advocacy group. “The most bang for your buck can be achieved by forming or joining an existing RTO [Regional Transmission Organization].”
Read more here. 

The Southwest Power Pool is a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) with 185 participants, 726 power plants generating 50.6 gigawatts of peak capacity, and 60,944 miles of transmission lines serving 18 million people.

How regional compliance can help states meet EPA emissions targets faster and cheaper

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive


There are now at least three major transmission system operators with studies showing regional Clean Power Plan (CPP) compliance strategies will be more cost-effective than state-by-state compliances.

A new preliminary study from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) confirms the findings of both the PJM Interconnection and the Midwest Intercontinental System Operator (MISO).

“For a state-by-state compliance approach, the capital investment cost and energy production cost totaled about $3.3 billion per year,” explained SPP Engineering VP Lanny Nickell. “The total capital investment cost and energy production cost for a regional approach is about $2.4 billion. It is almost a 40% savings associated with complying on a regional basis.”