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Utilities joining larger power pool

Sep 25, 2017 From wire reports

DENVER (AP) -- Utilities serving customers in Colorado, Wyoming and portions of adjoining states are moving to join a larger transmission system in a move they say could reduce costs.

The covered region includes parts of Fremont County in Wyoming.

The Mountain States Transmission Group said Friday that it's moving to join the Southwest Power Pool.

The larger group has nearly 100 member companies and an electricity transmission system serving 14 states.

The Mountain West group is an informal alliance of utilities formed in 2013 serving more than 6 million customers. It includes Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Basin Electric Power and others.

Supporters say the deal could bring customer benefits, but regulators warned it could leave the region more vulnerable to outages if not done right.

Stakeholder meetings to discuss findings, objectives and next steps will start Oct. 13 in Denver and Oct. 16 in Little Rock, Ark. The meetings will be open to the public. If a decision to join SPP is ultimately reached, the Mountain West group would file the request with theFederal Energy Regulatory Commission in mid-2018, with integration completed as soon as late 2019.

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