TCEC’s Zac Perkins to serve on Southwest Power Pool’s Members Committee
When you pay your electric bill every month, not every dollar stays at your local electric cooperative. TCEC pays Golden Spread Electric Cooperative of Texas, its wholesale power supplier, for generated power. Golden Spread Electric Cooperative in turn pays transmission costs to a regional transmission organization called the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
TCEC has been an active member of the SPP since 2010. SPP is responsible for scheduling and transmitting power across the networked transmission system. It is governed by a board and a members committee, along with many other subcommittees.
TCEC CEO Zac Perkins was nominated and elected to represent TCEC and other transmission-dependent utilities’ interests on the SPP’s Members Committee. The Members Committee works with the SPP Board to approve policies, strategies and operational decisions.
A voice in transmission prices
“Since 2009, I’ve seen the transmission portion of our power bills go up 300 percent,” Perkins said. “Being part of this committee means TCEC and other transmission-dependent utilities will have a voice in issues affecting the continually rising price of receiving the power we deliver to our members.”
Perkins lives and works in your community at your local electric cooperative. He represents the cooperative at the state level with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, at the Generation and Transmission level with Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, and now at the regional level with the Southwest Power Pool.
At TCEC, the cooperative is looking out for you, the member. Visit www.tcec.coop or call 580.652.2418 for more information.
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