Eclipse, Resilience and DER Updates at OC

PJM provided members with a number of updates – ranging from the upcoming solar eclipse to the status of the stakeholder process on distributed energy resources, resilience and regulation – at the Operating Committee meeting on Aug. 8.

Dave Souder, director – Operations Planning, provided the system resilience update, a continuation of what PJM presented at the June and July Operating Committee meetings.  PJM is working with stakeholders as it develops goals in operations, markets, security and planning.

Ken Seiler, executive director – System Operations, reminded stakeholders that PJM is presenting its second Grid 20/20 forum on security and resilience on Sept. 19 in Baltimore. This is a follow-up to the Grid 20/20: Focus on Security & Resilience forum held in April. This forum will examine the concept of resilience in planning, operations and markets, and cyber and physical security.

PJM also provided a brief overview of operational planning efforts for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. PJM has studied the potential impacts from the event and coordinated with various transmission owners. PJM will monitor cloud cover to determine how the eclipse might affect the footprint.

Scott Baker, senior business solution analyst, updated members on the Market Implementation Committee’s special sessions on Distributed Energy Resources. The committee is gathering solution proposals from stakeholders and will develop parallel discussions on market rules and operational coordination with electric distribution companies.

PJM presented education on several topics:

Endorsements / Approvals

 Stakeholders endorsed the dynamic schedule pro forma agreement. This will allow PJM to develop a standard and consistent agreement approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when implementing future dynamic schedules. PJM plans to file the agreement with the FERC in November, pending approval by the Members Committee.

Updates and reviews