The power of relationships: SPP president/CEO Nick Brown delivers keynote at Basin Electric’s 2017 Annual Meeting


Nick Brown, president and CEO of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) was the keynote speaker at Basin Electric’s 2017 Annual Meeting.

“Never, ever underestimate the value of relationships,” he said before telling the more than 1,000 attendees about the history of SPP.

He said it was the relationship of 11 regional power companies that formed SPP back in 1941 as part of the war effort. With the need for aluminum to support the national defense needs and the demand for electricity exceeding what was available, these companies banded together and pooled their resources to build high-voltage transmission lines to provide around-the-clock power to an aluminum factory in Arkansas.

Read a synopsis of Brown’s speech, including why it is nearly impossible to look into the future in the electrical industry on Basin Electric’s Annual Meeting page.

Video will also soon be available of this and the rest of the meeting’s presentations on our Annual Meeting video page.

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