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SPP Reaches Western Milestone With RTO Services

Regulatory approval would make it the nation’s first grid manager serving the eastern and western halves of the nation, starting in early 2026. read more >

SPP Promotes David Kelley to CFO; Casey Cathey Succeeds Him as VP of Engineering

The promotion was one of several moves announced Tuesday to “further strengthen” the not-for-profit electric grid manager’s position “as a leader in electric reliability and affordability,” a company news release said. read more >

SPP Celebrates 10 Years of Its Integrated Power Marketplace

The regional transmission organization said that over the last decade it has provided more than $10.2 billion in benefits to its members. read more >

SPP Hires Cybersecurity Expert for New Position, VP and Chief Security Officer

Selek Abbas will help protect the not-for-profit electric grid manager in an age of increasing attacks on American institutions and infrastructure. read more >

SPP Adds Solomon, Dimitry to Board, Reelects Moore to New Term

Regional power grid operator Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock elects two new members of its independent board of directors and reelects one existing director to another term. read more >

SPP Will Be First RTO to Span East and West Interconnections

Seven western utilities have committed to joining the nonprofit, the first major expansion of SPP’s RTO service territory since October 2015. read more >
Construction / Energy

Winds of Change In the Power Mix

Arkansas is set to see its first wind farm this year or next, a $300 million scattering of 500-foot-tall turbines with the capacity to generate 180 megawatts of electricity. read more >
Eight business leaders in Arkansas share career lessons, advice and management tips.
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Lessons Learned: Women in Business Offer Leadership AdviceLock Icon

Read what eight Arkansas women have to say about their management experience. read more >

Lessons Learned: Be Candid (Barbara Sugg)Lock Icon

On April 1, 2020, Barbara Sugg became president and CEO of Southwest Power Pool, the not-for-profit electric grid market manager based in Little Rock. read more >
Deborah Sterzing, CFO of Southwest Power Pool

Sterzing Named CFO at Southwest Power Pool

She will take the role effective March 13, replacing former CFO Tom Dunn, who retired in December. read more >

SPP Moves Forward With Market Service for Western Utilities

The regional transmission organization has published details on a power service to western U.S. markets called Markets+. read more >
Barbara Sugg, President and CEO-Elect of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Goes International, Adding Canadian Member

SaskPower, as it is known, joined in an effort to “increase reliability through interregional coordination." read more >

Arizona Entities Commit to Looking at SPP’s Markets+

In an Aug. 31 letter, the Arizona entities declared an intent to build with SPP a market to include “both a workable governance framework and a robust market design,” calling the agreement an important milestone for all parties. read more >
Barbara Sugg, President and CEO-Elect of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Lines Up More Prospects for Western Service

Five of the new entities are in Washington State, and one, Powerex Corp. of Vancouver, is in Canada. read more >
Barbara Sugg, President and CEO-Elect of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Foresees Ample Power for Summer, With Caveats

While SPP expects sufficient resources to meet demand, its summer assessment found potential local issues it hopes to address with entities serving overloaded regions. read more >
Barbara Sugg, President and CEO-Elect of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Supports $55M Oklahoma Transmission Project

The organization also released its 2021 annual report, which found that it provided $2.7 billion in yearly net benefits to members. read more >

John Cupparo, Ben Trowbridge Join Southwest Power Pool Board

They bring experience in cybersecurity, transmission planning and finance. read more >
Health Care

Arkansas Research Alliance Announces 6 New Board Members

The new members represent health care, technology, energy and education sectors. read more >
The Southwest Power Pool crisis coordination center in Little Rock was a key hub in February, when cold weather overwhelmed the Texas grid.
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Arkansas Power Officials Look to Texas, Count BlessingsLock Icon

A future disruption as severe as when a deadly winter storm overwhelmed Texas’ power supply appears far less likely in Arkansas. read more >
Little Rock Soirée Publisher Mandy Richardson talks with Randi Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook Live, during the morning keynote session. 
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Soirée Symposium Confronts Inequity, Hard Conversations at Work

Organizations can dismantle systemic racism and disrupt inequity by treating those goals like any other business target, Janet Stovall, a senior client strategist at NeuroLeadership Institute, said during the Soirée Women’s Leadership Symposium. read more >