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July 31, 2015 10:55 AM ET

Electric Utilities

Company Overview of Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

Company Overview

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. operates as a regional transmission organization. It provides coordination and tariff administration, regional engineering model development, planning and operating studies, assessment studies, a computer-based telecommunications network, regional transaction scheduling, and operating reserve sharing services for its members. The company was founded in 1941 and is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

415 North Mckinley

Suite 140

Plaza West

Little Rock, AR 72205

United States

Founded in 1941





Key Executives for Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

Age: 73
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Key Developments

Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Begins Reliability Coordination Service for Integrated System Utilities

The Southwest Power Pool Inc. announced that it has started providing reliability coordination to the utilities known as the Integrated System on June 1, expanding its range of electric grid management to 14 states. The Integrated System is the backbone of the high-voltage transmission grid in the Upper Great Plains region of eastern Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. It consists of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Heartland Consumers Power District and the Western Area Power Administration - Upper Great Plains region. Western's inclusion marks the first time a federal government agency has joined an RTO. The company board of directors approved the Integrated System's membership in June 2014, and FERC substantively approved the membership agreement in November 2014.

FERC Accepts Order No. 1000 Interregional Filings by Southwest Power Pool Inc. and Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted Order No. 1000 interregional filings by Southwest Power Pool Inc. and Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. The two regions agreed on many revisions to their joint operating agreement (JOA) related to transmission coordination but disagreed on certain cost allocation methods that must be addressed in further compliance filings. Order No. 1000 requires neighboring transmission planning regions to identify and jointly evaluate interregional transmission facilities, which are facilities located in two or more neighboring transmission planning regions that may be more efficient or cost-effective solutions to the transmission needs of individual regions. It does not require an interregional transmission plan or interconnection-wide planning. Given their disagreement on interregional cost allocation, SPP and MISO filed competing proposals. Present order accepts both filings' proposed use of adjusted production costs to measure benefits in allocating the costs of interregional transmission facilities addressing economic needs. To allocate the costs of an interregional transmission facility meant to address reliability needs, the order accepts SPP's proposal to use a combination of avoided cost and adjusted production cost savings. MISO proposed to use only adjusted production cost and so was given 60 days to file revisions to its version of the JOA to adopt SPP's costs allocation method. Neither proposed an acceptable cost allocation method for interregional transmission facilities addressing regional transmission needs driven by public policy requirements. The order gives the grid operators 60 days to file a new cost allocation method for such projects. Present order notes, however, that to the extent SPP and MISO propose different interregional cost allocation methods for interregional transmission facilities addressing regional transmission needs driven by reliability, economics, and public policy requirements than accepted in the order, the Commission will address those proposed interregional cost allocation methods in the order on compliance.

Accenture Enables Southwest Power Pool to Successfully Launch Integrated Marketplace

Accenture and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) announced the successful launch of SPP's 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 SPP balancing authority. Now, through the integrated marketplace, SPP is able to coordinate next-day generation across the region and provide participants with greater access to reserve energy. Reportedly, the marketplace helps SPP improve regional balancing of electricity supply and demand and to integrate renewable resources. Also, the day-ahead market provides participants with a mechanism to hedge against transmission congestion charges through the allocation and settlement of transmission congestion rights.

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