Current Grid Conditions

Current Grid Conditions

(Last update July 30 at 11:15 a.m. central time)
SPP declared a Resource Alert for its entire 14-state balancing authority (BA) footprint effective beginning July 26 at noon, and it has now extended that alert through 20:00 on Saturday, July 31. It was previously scheduled to expire at 00:00 on July 31. 

Additionally, SPP declared a period of Conservative Operations for its entire 14-state BA footprint effective 12:00 central time on Thursday, July 29 through 20:00 on Friday, July 30. The need for a declaration of Conservative Operations is due to hot-weather conditions, high electricity use, and concerns related to available generation capacity that are expected to persist through our afternoon peak on July 30.

Grid Notice

SPP will use the Grid Notice email exploder list to announce changing grid conditions in our footprint, including weather and resource alerts, conservative operations and energy emergency alerts.

To subscribe to receive these updates:

  • Once logged into SPP.org, click the “Hi, [your name]” button in the top right of the screen to update your account preferences. (You may have to create an account if you don’t already have one.)
  • In the list of available exploders, check the box next to the one named “Grid Notice.”
  • Click “Submit” at the bottom of the form to save your changes. 

    You can unsubscribe from this and other exploders at any time on the same account management page.

Descriptions of common reliability events are provided below in increasing order of severity:

Normal Operations: SPP has enough generation to meet demand and available reserves, and it foresees no extreme or abnormal threats to reliability.

Weather Alert: Declared when extreme weather is expected in SPP’s reliability coordination service territory.

Resource Alert:  Declared when severe weather conditions, significant outages, wind-forecast uncertainty and/or load-forecast uncertainty are expected in SPP’s balancing authority area.

Conservative Operations:  Declared when SPP determines there is a need to operate its system conservatively based on weather, environmental, operational, terrorist, cyber or other events.

Maximum Emergency Generation Notification:  Issued when SPP foresees a need to make use of emergency ranges of resources.

Energy Emergency Alert Level 1:  Declared when all available resources have been committed to meet obligations, and SPP is at risk of not meeting required operating reserves.

Energy Emergency Alert Level 2:  Declared when SPP can no longer provide expected energy requirements and is an Energy Deficient Entity, or when SPP foresees or has implemented procedures up to, but excluding, interruption of firm load commitments. 

Energy Emergency Alert Level 3:  At this level, SPP is utilizing operating reserves such that it is carrying reserves below the required minimum and has initiated assistance through the Reserve Sharing Group. Declared when SPP foresees or has implemented firm load obligation interruption. Before requesting an EEA 3, SPP will have already provided the appropriate internal notifications to its Market Participants.

Restoration Event:  Defined as a major or catastrophic grid outage which could be a total or partial regional blackout, island situation or system separation.