Journey to joining SPP: Part 2

Basin Electric’s journey to joining Southwest Power Pool (SPP) reached a significant milestone this week. On June 9, the SPP board approved changes to accommodate the Integrated System’s (IS) membership in the regional transmission organization (RTO). Read the full news release.

Another giant leap in this journey is expected later this summer when Basin Electric’s board makes its decision regarding transmission-owning membership in the RTO. Leading up to it, Basin Electric staff is working to ensure members, employees and others can follow along through a series in Basin Today called Journey to joining SPP. In the March-April issue, Journey to joining SPP: Part 1 provided an overview of the process, the decision and the next steps.

In the May-June issue, Journey to joining SPP: Part 2 explains how staff and Basin Electric’s partners and members are working through the details. Following is an excerpt from that story.

It’s difficult to know how many steps will be needed on any particular journey, especially one that has no map. It could be a hundred. Or it could be a hundred-thousand.

Some might argue that Basin Electric’s journey to joining Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional transmission organization (RTO) south of Basin Electric’s membership, has teetered closer to a hundred-thousand.

The trek has been long, which is understandable given the intricacies of the cooperative’s membership, and its partnerships with Western Area Power Administration and Heartland Consumers Power District in the Integrated System (IS).

There have been many questions and lots of unknowns. In fact, a generation and transmission cooperative with a multi-level membership structure like Basin Electric has never joined an RTO before.

“Due diligence has been preeminent,” says Mike Risan, Basin Electric senior vice president of Transmission.

Basin Electric's internal working groups are engrossed in working through membership details and decision points leading to the potential of becoming and integrating into SPP transmission-owning membership.

Basin Electric’s internal working groups are engrossed in working through membership details and decision points leading to the potential of becoming and integrating into SPP transmission-owning membership.

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