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  • February 18, 2014

    VIA ELECTRONIC FILING The Honorable Kimberly D. Bose Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20426

    Re: Southwest Power Pool, Inc., Docket Nos. ER12-1179-015 (Certification of Southwest Power Pool, Inc. as the Balancing Authority for the SPP Balancing Authority Area)

    Dear Secretary Bose:

    Pursuant to Rule 1907 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (Commission) Regulations, 18 C.F.R. 385.1907, and in compliance with the Commission orders issued in this proceeding, Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) submits the attached materials from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) confirming SPPs certification as the Balancing Authority (BA) for the SPP BA area1, effective March 1, 2014. This instant filing is supplemental to SPPs December 27, 2013 filing in this docket, wherein SPP submitted its Certification Statement of readiness to implement the Integrated Marketplace.2

    Included in this filing as Exhibit 1 are NERCs cover letter dated February 14, 2014 and the official certificate confirming NERCs certification of SPP as the SPP BA. Also included in this filing as Exhibit 2 is a copy of NERCs BA Certification Final Report issued February 6, 2014.

    1 A key component of SPPs readiness to assume operational functions for the

    Integrated Marketplace is certification as the BA for the SPP region. Upon implementation of the Integrated Marketplace, SPP will become the BA for the SPP region, and will assume functional responsibility for the BA function when the current 16 BAs in the footprint are consolidated into one SPP BA. Upon assumption of the BA function, SPP will become the registered entity with NERC, and SPP shall be responsible for compliance with mandatory reliability standards.

    2 Certification of Readiness to Implement the Integrated Marketplace by Southwest Power Pool, Inc., Docket No. ER12-1179-015 (Dec. 27, 2013) (December 27 Filing).

  • The Honorable Kimberly D. Bose February 18, 2014 Page 2

    SPPs certification of market readiness as reflected in the December 27 Filing and this instant filing reflect the facts and circumstances existing as of this date. In the event SPP experiences a material change in facts or circumstances between the date of this filing and March 1, 2014, SPP will utilize its best judgment to determine whether any delay to the start-up of the Integrated Marketplace is necessary,3 and will so inform the Commission through additional filings.

    Based on the foregoing reasons, SPP submits that it has met all the Commissions compliance requirements to be certified as the operator and administrator of the Integrated Marketplace and the SPP BA. Therefore, SPP respectfully requests the Commission approve SPP to implement the Integrated Marketplace effective March 1, 2014.

    Respectfully submitted,

    /s/ Matthew Harward Matthew Harward Southwest Power Pool, Inc. 201 Worthen Drive Little Rock, AR 72223 Telephone: (501) 614-3560 mharward@spp.org Attorney for Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    3 See Sw. Power Pool, Inc., 118 FERC 61,055 (2007) at PP 18, 20 (in accepting

    SPPs readiness certification for the EIS Market, the Commission recognized SPPs establishment of a Go/No-Go Advisory Team to determine whether delay was required). See also Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., 110 FERC 61,289 (2005) at P 38 (in accepting MISOs readiness certification, the Commission explicitly acknowledges MISOs commitment to delay market start-up in the event of any material contingencies arising post-certification).

  • Exhibit 1

  • 3353 Peachtree Road NE

    Suite 600, North Tower

    Atlanta, GA 30326 404-446-2560 | www.nerc.com

    Jack Wiseman Manager, Organization Registration and Certification

    Cover Letter Sent Via E-Mail Hard Copy Cover Letter and SPP Certificate to Follow

    2/14/2014 Mr. Philip Propes Director, Compliance Southwest Power Pool 201 Worthen Drive Little Rock, AR 72223-4936 ppropes@spp.org Re: Certification of Southwest Power Pool (SPP) (NCR01143) as a Balancing Authority Dear Mr. Propes: By this letter, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) confirms the certification of Southwest Power Pool (SPP) (NCR01143) as a NERC certified Balancing Authority (BA). In accordance with the NERC Rules of Procedure Section 500 Organization Registration and Certification a Reliability Coordinator (RC), BA, and Transmission Operator (TOP) are functional entities that are required to be evaluated and certified. Appendix 5A to the Rules of Procedure Organization Registration and Certification Manual (Manual) contains the procedures of the certification program used to evaluate and certify the competency of an entity to perform certain reliability functions. Section V of this Manual requires an entity to complete the certification process if that entity is to become NERC certified. In completing the certification process in reasonable accordance with the aforementioned rules, SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC) led a team in the evaluation of SPPs ability to perform the function of a BA. This evaluation was based upon SPP having the necessary tools, processes, training, procedures, and personnel to operate reliably as a BA. After careful review of the results of this evaluation as described in the Final Report, posted on NERCs website: SPP BA Certification Final Report, SPP has provided reasonable assurance that SPP can reliably operate as a BA. Therefore, based upon the recommendation of the Certification Team and the approval of SERC and Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), NERC approves and confirms the certification of SPP as a BA. Included with this letter, as required by NERC Rules of Procedure, Section IV of Appendix 5A, Paragraph 21 is the certificate testifying to the certification of SPP as a BA. We appreciate the efforts of SPP in support of the Certification Team for this complete and thorough review to determine that SPP has sufficient capabilities to perform the tasks necessary as a NERC-certified BA.

    mailto:ppropes@spp.orghttp://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/Organization%20Certification%20DL/BA%20Certification%20of%20Southwest%20Power%20Pool.pdf

  • As a final reminder, per ROP Appendix 5A, if there are any changes to the basis of this certification, you are obligated to advise SERC and MRO as soon as practical. Sincerely,

    Jack Wiseman Manager, Organization Registration and Certification North American Electric Reliability Corporation 3353 Peachtree Road NE Suite 600, North Tower Atlanta, GA 30326 Jack.Wiseman@nerc.net Cc: Cover letter only via email

    Gerry Cauley, NERC Earl Shockley, NERC

    Charles Berardesco, NERC Rebecca Michael, NERC Clyde Melton, NERC

    Ryan Mauldin, NERC Chris Scheetz, NERC Scott Henry, SERC W. Todd Curl, SERC Andrea Koch, SERC Alan Pooser, SERC Sarah E. Stevens, SERC Fred Rains, SERC Daniel P. Skaar, MRO James D. Burley, MRO Russ W. Mountjoy, MRO Ron Ciesiel, SPP RE Lonnie Lindekugel, SPP RE Jeff Rooker, SPP RE Jim Williams, SPP RE Mark Hegerle, FERC Roger Morie, FERC Jonathan First, FERC Michael Bardee, FERC Edward Franks, FERC

    mailto:Jack.Wiseman@nerc.net

  • NERC

    Organization CertificationSouthwest Power Pool (SPP)

    NCR01143

    Jack Wiseman

    Manager of Organization Registration & Certification

    has satisfactorily completed all of the Organization Certification requirements in the NERC Rules of Procedure Section 500 and Appendix 5A

    for certification as a Balancing Authority (BA)

    Certification Approved by NERC on: February 14, 2014

  • Exhibit 2

  • NERC |SERC | SPP BA Final Report | February 6, 2014 1 of 9

    NERC BA Certification Final Report Southwest Power Pool (SPP), NCR01143 Site Visit Conducted November 5-6, 2013 Final Report Date February 6, 2014

    3353 Peachtree Road NE Suite 600, North Tower

    Atlanta, GA 30326 404-446-2560 | www.nerc.com

  • NERC |SERC | SPP BA Final Report | February 6, 2014 2 of 9

    Table of Contents Table of Contents ......................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................. 3 Certification Team ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Objective and Scope .................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Overall Conclusion ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Certification Team Determinations ............................................................................................................................................. 4

    Items that Required Completion ............................................................................................................................................. 4 Findings .................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

    Positive Observations .......................................................................