July 13, 2024

Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

Western Area Power Administration
WAPA Tariff Falls Short of Reciprocity Status, FERC Finds
The Western Area Power Administration’s non-jurisdictional Open Access Transmission Tariff does not meet the standard of an “acceptable reciprocity tariff,” despite recent revisions the federal power agency incorporated into the tariff, FERC ruled.
SPP Files to Incorporate Western Entities into RTO
SPP filed bylaw amendments at FERC to place seven Western entities under its tariff that, if approved, will make the RTO the first grid operator with markets in both major interconnections.
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SPP Board of Directors/MC Briefs: May 7, 2024
SPP CEO Barbara Sugg warned the RTO’s board and stakeholders that the grid operator faces new and stronger headwinds, even as it met its corporate goals’ first-quarter milestones.
Central Power Electric Cooperative
FERC Accepts, Sets Hearing on ND Co-op’s Tariff Rates
FERC accepted SPP’s proposed tariff revisions modifying Central Power Electric Cooperative’s formula rate template but suspended them for a nominal period subject to refund and established hearing and settlement procedures.
WAPA DSW Cites Lack of Benefits in Markets+ Withdrawal
WAPA's Desert Southwest Region pulled out of the second phase of developing SPP's Western day-ahead market after determining it would see few benefits from participating in either Markets+ or EDAM.
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IMIP Sends Markets+ Tariff on to SPP Board
Independent SPP directors overseeing Markets+’s development in the Western Interconnection have lent their approval to the market’s draft tariff, the culmination of several months of drafting and refinement. 
WPP: Cold Snap Showed ‘Tipping Point’ for Northwest Reliability
Imports from the Southwest and Rockies helped the Northwest survive January’s cold, showing the region’s reliability is at a “tipping point,” WPP said.
Potomac Economics
Crypto Load on MISO-SPP M2M Constraint Draws Complaint from Montana-Dakota Utilities
Montana-Dakota Utilities filed a complaint against MISO and SPP over a market-to-market flowgate chronically congested by a new cryptocurrency mining operation in SPP.
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CREPC-WIRAB Conference Tackles Western Market Developments
Many at the joint conference focused on the eventual result of the contest between CAISO's Extended Day-Ahead Market and SPP's Markets+ to organize the West's electricity market.
WAPA, Basin Electric Commit to SPP’s RTO West
SPP says two announcements by the Western Area Power Administration and Basin Electric Power have rounded out the group of seven western utilities that plan to pursue membership in its Western Interconnection RTO market.

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