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SPP Announces John Cupparo as New Board Chair

Cupparo, a former Berkshire Hathaway Energy senior executive, was elected to the SPP board in 2022 read more >
Banking & Finance / Energy

Arvest Promotes to Kelly Carlson to Loan Manager for Benton County (Movers & Shakers)

He has 15 years of experience in the banking industry. 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 Highlights Progress in Western Grid Expansion

Southwest Power Pool, the electric grid operator based in Little Rock, announced several milestones in its western expansion this week. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing

Central Moloney Names Travis Mosler as Director of Marketing (Movers & Shakers)

He previously owned and operated Crossbuck Creative. 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 >

SPP Hits Milestone in Clearing Backlog of Interconnection Studies

SPP said the backlog had grown with an “overwhelming interest in building new generation — primarily from developers looking to construct wind and solar farms.” 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 >
Barbara Sugg, CEO of Southwest Power Pool

SPP Report Says it Saved Members $3.8B in 2022

In another report, SPP found that lessons learned from the February 2021 blizzard were key to meeting the challenges of the December 2022 extratropical cyclone dubbed Winter Storm Elliott. read more >
Education / Manufacturing / Nonprofits

Mike Ross, Daniel Brown Join ARA Board of Trustees

The Southwest Power Pool and Big River Steel executives will help drive innovation in critical industries in the state, Arkansas Research Alliance leadership said. 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.

31 Entities Officially Join SPP in Launching Western Market

Southwest Power Pool, the not-for-profit electric grid market manager based in Little Rock, says 31 entities have officially joined Markets+. read more >
Natasha Henderson
Banking & Finance / Energy

Natasha Henderson Named Director of System Planning at Southwest Power Pool (Movers & Shakers)

Henderson has 17 years of electric utility experience and will direct the development of SPP’s transmission expansion plan to address future needs. read more >
Ali Honarmand
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Ali Honarmand Joins Cromwell Architects Engineers (Movers & Shakers)

Honarmand is an electrical engineer. read more >
Natasha Henderson, director of system planning at Southwest Power Pool

SPP Announces New System Planner, Governance for Markets+

Natasha Henderson spent the last 12 years with Golden Spread Electric Cooperative of Amarillo. 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 >
(From left) Kim O’Guinn, David Kelley and Antoine Lucas
Banking & Finance / Energy

3 Promoted at Southwest Power Pool (Movers & Shakers)

Kim O’Guinn has been named director of state regulatory policy. read more >
Antoine Lucas, left, and David Kelley

SPP Announces Promotions of 2 Execs

Antoine Lucas and David Kelley will start the new year with new titles at the not-for-profit company. read more >