Southwest Power Pool, NERC agree to eliminate regional entity
Eliminating the SPP RE will allow the regional transmission organization to focus on core functions of reliability coordination, wholesale market operations and transmission planning. Currently, the regional entity provides auditing and enforcement functions for 120 electric utilities acknowledged by NERC as registered entities.
SPP President and CEO Nick Brown said that over the last decade, the RTO has expanded its footprint from eight to 14 states, launched real-time and next-day energy markets, and became a consolidated balancing authority.
“Given that the footprints of the SPP RTO and SPP RE no longer align … SPP’s executives, board of directors and members committee have made the strategic decision to focus on our core functions,” said Brown.