After discussions lasting 16 months, the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP) have announced that OPPD will continue its status as a transmission-owning member of SPP. The decision keeps OPPD in the same status in which it joined the regional transmission organization on April 1, 2009.
Because of changes made to SPP's method of allocating the costs of transmission projects and a growth in overall transmission project costs, OPPD had notified SPP it intended to change its membership to that of a non-transmission-owning member. OPPD worked with SPP over the summer to consider upcoming transmission projects in SPP's expansion plans, SPP's three-year review of its highway/byway cost-allocation methodology, and SPP's integrated marketplace program.
‘We believe that being a transmission-owning member of SPP will provide our customer owners with many benefits,’ says OPPD President and CEO W. Gary Gates. ‘Having a stronger transmission system will increase reliability and will provide a broader access to energy markets.’
As part of its commitment, OPPD intends to participate in SPP's regional allocation review task force and work for approval of new transmission projects that benefit OPPD and Nebraska, OPPD adds.