Current Grid Conditions

Current Grid Conditions

(Last updated Aug. 3, 2021, at 11:15 a.m. central time)
SPP is currently operating under normal conditions. 

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.