BRIGHTON -- Brighton's United Power became the first distribution utility in the Western Interconnection to join the Southwest Power Pool, according to a press statement.
SPP is a regional transmission organization, a nonprofit corporation mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale electricity prices on behalf of its members, the statement said.
United Power is planning to leave its present supplier, Tri State Generation and Transmission, in 2024.
“It is important that we seek out memberships and partnerships that will help us assure a reliable power source at the lowest cost possible,” according to a press statement from Mark A. Gabriel, United Power president and CEO. “Our membership with SPP is one of the critical pieces we wanted in place as we move toward a new energy future for our members.”
The statement said SPP works as an aggregator of generation resources, dispatching the power where it is needed. United Power officials said membership in a regional transmission organization, offers United Power advantages.
"The power pool is charged with building reliability and predictability into their power marketplace and helping to reduce the risks that come with varying weather conditions," the United Power statement said. "It is also committed to providing the lowest cost power available to serve its members, minute by minute."
United Power officials said SPP members have an active role in determining new transmission locations.
“Membership matters. Our membership in SPP means we will have a meaningful say in the strategic direction of the organization,” Gabriel said in the statement. “Members have an active role in determining how this new energy market develops and how the organization grows. We will be able to directly represent the interests of all United Power members.”
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