MC Webinar Covers Dispatch Pilot, Resilience

PJM announced Monday at the Members Committee Webinar that it is continuing its pilot to improve efficiency in how generation is dispatched.

At the Market Implementation Committee meeting on July 12, PJM presented its plan to reduce the real-time security constrained economic dispatch from 15 minutes to 10 minutes for one week, starting on July 17.  RTSCED is a scheduling tool that economically balances electricity supply and demand and provides locational marginal prices, while ensuring system reliability standards are met.

According to Joe Ciabattoni, manager – Markets Coordination, despite last week’s hot weather and a stressful week for the system, there were no adverse impacts of the timing change on system control; operations dispatchers provided positive feedback on the 10-minute look ahead. One of the biggest reasons for the trial was to better align reserves, which Ciabattoni said happened.

Ciabattoni said that, since the one-week trial provided a relatively small set of data, PJM will continue to evaluate information throughout the trial and is looking for feedback from generators. Members should send questions or feedback to custsvc@pjm.com.

Jonathon Monken, senior director – System Resilience and Strategic Coordination, gave stakeholders an overview of resilience-related activities and an update on the Security and Resilience Advisory Committee.

He said PJM is building on the feedback after it presented the resilience roadmap to stakeholders, including engagement on three elements of resilience – prepare, operate and recover. He said PJM wants to work with stakeholders on the resilience matters of greatest importance to them.

Monken said the advisory committee is the place where stakeholders are able to focus on the breadth and depth of resilience topics – allowing more time for discussion that the limited time constraints of committee meetings. He added it is a venue to look at the bigger resilience picture before bringing the interlocking issues in the relevant committees.

Dave Anders, director – Stakeholder Affairs, summarized the discussion from the Monday morning Stakeholder Process Forum, which included a report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Anders said the report highlighted both the good points of the stakeholder process and some potential theoretical concerns. The paper did not assert that these concerns were exhibited in PJM.  The forum will continue discussion in September. There was also a discussion about recording and posting of stakeholder meetings, currently not allowed in Manual 34: PJM Stakeholder Process.

Stakeholders heard an update on  the 2017 Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, which will run from Sept. 11 through Sept. 22. Janelle Fabiano, senior stakeholder process specialist, told stakeholders that their input was instrumental to the development of this year’s survey, which is shorter in length and will run for a shorter time than past surveys.

PJM also presented an informational update on interregional coordination, including several cross-border projects with MISO. PJM will host the next joint stakeholder meeting on Aug. 22.

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