Committees: Centerpiece of PJM’s stakeholder process

Exploring PJM Series – The Basics: The Committee Structure

The purpose of committee and group meetings is to educate PJM’s stakeholders on issues related to the business. Meetings also foster communication among the members and with PJM management and the PJM Board.

Through the committee structure, stakeholders examine issues and identify potential solutions, with the goal of developing a consensus.

PJM has 16 committees, including the two senior committees and three standing committees. There are 18 subcommittees and a fluid number of task forces (currently about a dozen).

Only the senior committees, however, decide on proposals and initiatives.

PJM’s two senior committees are the Members Committee and the Markets and Reliability Committee. The three standing committees – the Market Implementation Committee, the Operating Committee and the Planning Committee – focus on their respective areas and report to the Markets and Reliability Committee.

Senior committees: Members Committee and the Markets and Reliability Committee

The Members Committee reviews and decides upon all major changes and initiatives proposed by committees and user groups. Each corporate family of members has a representative.

The Members Committee:

  • Provides advice and recommendations on issues relating to the safe and reliable operation of the PJM grid
  • Ensures the creation and operation of a robust, competitive and non-discriminatory electric power market
  • Ensures there is no undue influence over PJM’s operations by any member or group of members

The Markets and Reliability Committee reports to the Members Committee; it works with PJM management and other committees.

The Market and Reliability Committee:

  • Ensures the continuing viability and fairness of the PJM markets
  • Ensures the reliable, economic and secure operation of the PJM grid
  • Reviews proposed changes to the rules and procedures in the PJM Operating Agreement, Tariff, Reliability Assurance Agreement and the PJM manuals

Standing committees: the Market Implementation Committee, the Operating Committee and the Planning Committee

The Market Implementation Committee initiates and develops proposals to advance and promote competitive wholesale electricity markets in the PJM region.

The Operating Committee reviews system operations from season to season, identifying emerging demand, supply and operating issues.

The Planning Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending system planning strategies and policies. It plans engineering designs for the PJM bulk power supply system to assure the continued ability of the member companies to operate reliably and economically in a competitive market environment.

Subcommittees and Task Forces

Subcommittees focus on a specific PJM issue and report to their parent standing committee and the senior committees. They have a charter with a defined scope and work on that area on an ongoing basis.

Task forces focus on a single, specific task or activity and usually close after an issue has been addressed.

User groups can be formed by any five or more members who share a common interest. User group meetings are open to all PJM members.