Conditionally Approved FERC Order Will Add Cost to Wind Generators

2010-03-25T09:37:50+00:00

On June 4, 2009, Westar Energy, Inc. (Westar) filed, as new attachments to its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), a pro forma Balancing Area Services Agreement (Balancing Agreement) and Schedule 3A, Generator Regulation and Frequency Response Service (Schedule 3A). Westar’s proposed Balancing Agreement and Schedule 3A will allow Westar to charge for and provide generation [...]

Conditionally Approved FERC Order Will Add Cost to Wind Generators2010-03-25T09:37:50+00:00

Study: SPP States Can Reliably Obtain 40% Electricity From Wind

2010-03-17T09:50:13+00:00

A new study funded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that Nebraska and the other states in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region can reliably obtain 40% of their electricity from wind energy, achieving major carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions and incurring only minor costs associated with operating the power system differently than [...]

Study: SPP States Can Reliably Obtain 40% Electricity From Wind2010-03-17T09:50:13+00:00

SPP Wind Integration Study Identifies Challenges, Solutions to Adding More Wind Energy to the Regional Electric Grid January

2010-01-22T11:18:22+00:00

On January 19, 2010 the SPP WITF Wind Integration Study, conducted by Charles River Associates (CRA) on behalf of the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) Wind Integration Task Force (WITF), found that enhanced electricity reserves and major transmission reinforcements are needed to integrate higher levels of wind generation into the SPP transmission system and energy markets. If the needed transmission upgrades were completed, there would be no significant technical barriers or reliability impacts to integrating wind energy levels up to 20%. Currently, approximately 4% of the region’s electricity is generated by wind. According to SPP Vice President of Engineering Bruce Rew, “The study reinforced the criticality of coordinating transmission expansion plans with plans for building infrastructure to generate wind energy. Recommendations made in the study will allow SPP to prepare for continued growth in our region’s renewable wind resources.”

SPP Wind Integration Study Identifies Challenges, Solutions to Adding More Wind Energy to the Regional Electric Grid January2010-01-22T11:18:22+00:00

Kansas Power Line is Priority Again

2009-10-28T17:13:00+00:00

On Tuesday October 28, 2009, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) reversed its decision to downgrade a high-voltage power line Kansas deems crucial for its wind industry. The power line located in southwest Kansas had been on the list of priority projects for SPP  until recently when one of SPP's committees recently removed it from the [...]

Kansas Power Line is Priority Again2009-10-28T17:13:00+00:00

Potential Setback for Kansas Wind Energy

2009-10-27T17:49:58+00:00

Kansas wind energy may suffer a severe blow if the Southwest Power Pool approves a recommendation to to a drop a high-voltage transmission line in the state from its list of priority projects. The $700 million line, which was to be up and running by 2013, would ship wind energy to other states and was [...]

Potential Setback for Kansas Wind Energy2009-10-27T17:49:58+00:00

FERC Approves Reformed Interconnection Procedures of Southwest Power Pool

2009-08-11T14:40:19+00:00

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently provided preliminary approval of a new interconnection process for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).  The new process is intended to help alleviate a backlog of interconnection requests and allow SPP to more efficiently handle pending requests.  Among the new requirements for wind energy generators are proof of site control and [...]

FERC Approves Reformed Interconnection Procedures of Southwest Power Pool2009-08-11T14:40:19+00:00

FERC Accepts SPP Funding Proposal to Integrate Wind Resources

2009-06-25T20:32:40+00:00

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action today to expand the availability of wind resources in the Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) region by approving a wind transmission cost allocation proposal designed to reduce barriers to integrating wind power into the region. Today’s action updates SPP’s open access transmission tariff by making more of [...]

FERC Accepts SPP Funding Proposal to Integrate Wind Resources2009-06-25T20:32:40+00:00

ITC Great Plains Receives Rate, Incentive Approvals

2009-03-20T18:28:29+00:00

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a rate for ITC Great Plains transmission facilities in Kansas and elsewhere in the Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP) region. FERC acknowledged the benefits of independent transmission companies like ITC Great Plains and approved rate incentives to help expedite investment in Kansas' high-voltage electricity grid. Read More

ITC Great Plains Receives Rate, Incentive Approvals2009-03-20T18:28:29+00:00

Southwest Power Pool Transmission Expansion Plan Approved

2009-02-27T18:01:57+00:00

The board of directors for the Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP) has approved the 2008 SPP Transmission Expansion Plan (STEP), which includes recommendations for improving the electric grid of an eight-state region. The 2008 STEP evaluates what changes are needed to keep the power system reliable and efficient over a 10-year period. It identifies approximately [...]

Southwest Power Pool Transmission Expansion Plan Approved2009-02-27T18:01:57+00:00