Exploring PJM: The people of PJM

Another story in the Exploring PJM series

Exploring-PJM-IconNo one can see electricity, but we know it’s there.

Most of the 61 million consumers in the 13 states and District of Columbia in the Countries_Inside-LinesPJM footprint don’t see the PJM people who make the grid move as much as the electricity itself.

For them, electricity means the local electricity distributors, the “electric company.” They might not realize that the people who work for PJM are as integral to the process as any utility worker fixing poles and wires.

The people who work at PJM are as varied as the urban, suburban and rural landscape of the PJM footprint itself.

Languages-Spoken_Inside-LinesThey come from the world over – 30 countries on every continent except Antarctica – and speak 20 languages, from Spanish to Swahili.

They are engineers who look at the markets and operations of PJM and plan the system. They are analysts who help administer the day-ahead and real-time electricity markets and a meteorologist who analyzes weather data to help dispatchers for near- and long-term planning.

System operators monitor conditions on the electric power grid around the clock, every day of the year, as thousands of data points provide information to the system every four seconds. Reliability engineers perform next-study and real-time reliability analyses, perform triage to keep the energy management system on course and act as the PJM liaison with other RTOs.

There are compliance professionals who monitor and provide guidance in making sure PJM meets regulatory standards. Member service professionals provide support to and answer questions for PJM’s more than 960 members.

In the coming weeks, the Exploring PJM series will examine the nuts-and-bolts of how PJM operates – everything from planning, operations and the stakeholder process to examining emerging technology initiatives that focus on ensuring the reliability of the grid and planning for the future.

And all of it powered by the people of PJM.