Tagged: southwest power pool

‘How’ Is More Important Than ‘What’ (Nick Brown Commentary)

by Nick Brown 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Southwest Power Pool Inc. was recently honored by receiving Arkansas Business’ Benchmark Award as Arkansas’ best place to work. The recognition provides further verification of the importance of culture in business. However, culture is also something I lost sight of several years ago.

Employee Accountability Charges Up Southwest Power Pool

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Southwest Power Pool is the unsung hero of your everyday life and you probably don’t even know it. They are essentially the “air traffic controllers” of the electric power grid, serving customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they’re becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Southwest Power Pool Implements Integrated Marketplace

by Lee Hogan 3/3/2014 10:19 am

Southwest Power Pool has successfully implemented its Integrated Marketplace. SPP says they are the first Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) to design, build and deliver a day-ahead market on time and on budget.

Architect David Sargent on Heartbreaking Design Trends, Favorite Projects

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

David Sargent joined WER in 1986 and was named CEO in 2006. Many of his projects have received awards, including a National AIA Design Award for the Clinton Presidential Center. In addition to leading the firm’s overall design, Sargent mentors younger staff members and builds on client and industry relationships. Sargent is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has his LEED AP credential from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Arkansas Utilities Benefit From Wind Energy Subsidies

by Luke Jones 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Wind energy generation is on the rise in the states surrounding Arkansas, and the renewable resource is seeing more use from some of the state’s utility companies.

Entergy’s MISO Move Finishes as Company Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

by Luke Jones 12/16/2013 12:00 am

On Thursday, Entergy Arkansas Inc. will celebrate its 100th birthday by switching on hundreds of LED lights adorning three of the bridges crossing the Arkansas River in Little Rock. Just a few hours earlier, the company will add to its history by completing a two-year, $36.2 million transition into a regional transmission operator. It will also exit its system agreement, otherwise known as the glue holding all of the Entergy operating companies together.

Plaza West Building Rebounds From Southwest Power Pool's Departure

by George Waldon 9/23/2013 12:00 am

Little Rock’s Plaza West office building experienced the upside of a small tenant growing into a very large one during its 40-year history. The 12-story project at 415 N. McKinley St. also endured the downside of that transformation when the anchor tenant, Southwest Power Pool, moved out and left a 65,000-SF vacancy in its wake.

Environment Powers Employees at Southwest Power Pool

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/23/2013 12:00 am

Southwest Power Pool has provided the kind of atmosphere — physical and otherwise — that makes it easy to retain employees. Its efforts to accommodate employees, and its move last year into a $62 million headquarters campus in west Little Rock, have made Southwest Power Pool one of Arkansas Business’ 2013 Best Places to Work.

How The Power of the Electric Marketplace Stays Wired

by Luke Jones 8/19/2013 12:00 am

The new transmission markets being implemented at Arkansas’ electric utilities have been called “two-day” markets, “day-ahead” markets, “integrated” markets and other terms.

Improved Electrical Transmission Systems In Arkansas Costing Millions

by Luke Jones 8/19/2013 12:00 am

By mid-2014, both Southwest Power Pool and MISO will have upgraded Arkansas’ electrical transmission systems with “second-day” transmission markets. The process is expected to cost huge amounts of capital and man-hours.

Mike Ross Set to Announce Run for Arkansas Governor's Seat

by Associated Press 4/15/2013 7:55 pm

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross will announce this week that he's seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas governor, joining a race that he had earlier ruled out for the state's top office, a spokesman told The Associated Press on Monday.

Southwest Power Pool Wants Better Public Schooling in Arkansas

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 11/27/2012 7:36 am

Southwest Power Pool Inc.'s decision to keep its $62 million headquarters in Arkansas indicates that the state can support major employers with highly educated workforces. But according to Nick Brown, the company's top executive, Arkansas needs to better train its young students for careers in technology.

Dana Murphy Named to Southwest Power Pool's Regional State Committee

by Associated Press 10/31/2012 7:33 am

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy has been elected vice president of the Arkansas-based Southwest Power Pool's Regional State Committee.

Arkansas PSC Approves Entergy-MISO Move, SPP Disapproves

by Luke Jones 10/26/2012 4:24 pm

The Arkansas Public Service Commission says it would approve Entergy Arkansas' joining with a regional transmission group, prompting a statement of disapproval from Southwest Power Pool.

Office Demand Slips

by George Waldon 8/15/2011 12:00 am

Occupancy in the Pulaski County office market declined slightly for a second year, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.