Energy management: Kansas Power Pool teams with GridLiance to explore joint transmission projects. New partnership intended to improve electric reliability for Kansas customers.
Energy management: The Kansas Power Pool (KPP) and GridLiance announced that the companies are teaming up to improve the transmission infrastructure in KPP’s service area, creating more reliable electricity service for customers. The two companies signed a Co-Development Agreement, demonstrating their commitment to working together in advancing transmission projects that will deliver value to KPP and its member cities.
Through this agreement, GridLiance’s subsidiary within the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) will work with KPP’s 31 member cities to jointly plan, construct and operate transmission infrastructure. GridLiance will also manage North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance and assist KPP in navigating the SPP Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) process, providing KPP greater participation in transmission planning, rate determination and other key functions.
“The prospect of a Co-Development Agreement with a suitable partner had been under discussion for many months, including at our last two annual planning retreats,” said Mark Chesney, CEO and General Manager of the Kansas Power Pool. “Working with GridLiance is most consistent with our municipal mission and values. We are excited and hopeful that this undertaking will address our members’ local issues and provide still other opportunities elsewhere.”
“We are excited and honored to partner with the Kansas Power Pool, opening the door to evaluate and to construct a variety of cost-effective transmission projects in Kansas,” said Kevin Hopper, President of the South Central Region for GridLiance. “We are already working with a number of the municipalities on improvements and are identifying viable reliability solutions for their transmission problems.”
Incorporated in 2014, GridLiance is an independent transmission company singularly focused on addressing Public Power’s unmet local reliability needs and desire for RTO transmission investment opportunities.
About Kansas Power Pool
The Kansas Power Pool is a municipal energy agency created under Kansas statutes with the expressed purpose of providing energy and transmission services for its member / owner municipal electric utilities since 2005.
GridLiance is the nation’s first competitive transmission company focused on collaborating with under-served Public Power. Through its subsidiary transmission companies formed to operate in each RTO, GridLiance will jointly plan, develop, own and operate transmission assets with Public Power. GridLiance’s mission is to provide its Public Power partners with opportunities to invest in regulated transmission development projects, enabling the utilities to earn margins from regionally-funded projects to offset transmission rate increases, as well as receive other benefits, including lower energy and delivery costs and increased reliability to their customers, while providing greater access to renewable energy sources.