Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), Lincoln Electric System (LES) and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) have completed their transition to membership in Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP), a regional transmission organization headquartered in Little Rock, Ark.
SPP now serves as the reliability coordinator for the Nebraska entities and is responsible for maintaining reliable operation of the bulk electric grid in the organizations' geographic area. In March, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. certified that SPP has the necessary tools, processes, training and procedures to perform as the reliability coordinator for this expanded footprint.
NPPD, LES and OPPD are now participating in the SPP energy imbalance services market, and SPP is administering transmission service for the organizations. The Nebraska entities will also be included in SPP's-transmission planning processes.
‘Before the Nebraska utilities joined SPP, it was harder to move wind outside of the state,’ according to Carl Monroe, chief operating officer of SPP. ‘Now, Nebraska wind developers have access to SPP's ‘one-stop shop’ for electric transmission service, our large regional wholesale energy market and our generation interconnection service, which connects new generation to the electric grid.’
With the addition of NPPD, LES and OPPD, SPP's reliability coordinator geographic footprint expanded by 30%, and its miles of transmission lines increased 16%. The number of states in which SPP manages transmission increased from seven to eight.
SOURCE: Southwest Power Pool Inc.