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Platte River Power Authority Submits Notice Of Intent To Join SPP RTO

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) recently announced receipt of Platte River Power Authority’s notice of intent to join several western entities evaluating participation in SPP’s regional transmission organization (RTO).

In January 2022, Platte River announced plans to join SPP’s Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) Market effective April 2023.

Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit, community-owned public power utility that generates and delivers energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado, for delivery to their utility customers.

“We look forward to joining the WEIS next year and SPP’s RTO in 2025,” said Melie Vincent, chief operating officer for Platte River. “Participation will enhance the ability to achieve the noncarbon energy goal of Platte River and our owner communities while maintaining our commitment to system reliability and financial sustainability.”

Platte River is the most recent addition to a group of electric service providers in the West publicly committed to exploring RTO expansion in the Western Interconnection.

SPP administers the WEIS market on a contract basis and provides RTO participants with a suite of services including market administration, transmission planning, reliability coordination and more.

SPP has established a goal of March 2023 for western utilities to indicate their intent to participate in the initial expansion of the SPP RTO into the western interconnection.