MC Webinar looks at PJM’s path on resilience, security, DR

Members and PJM discussed PJM’s upcoming activities on the interrelated agenda topics of resilience, security, demand response and distributed energy resources Monday at the Members Committee Webinar.

Pete Langbein presented the highlights of an upcoming PJM paper regarding the future of demand response resource participation in PJM markets.

The paper reflects on the years since the implementation of the capacity market and the curtailment service provider model, and is part of a PJM-wide effort to review current demand response processes and strategic objectives. The paper outlines suggested short-term solutions and long-term ones (five years and beyond) and examines symmetries and differences in the energy, capacity and ancillary services markets.

Langbein said PJM undertook the study as a way to see “where we are today versus where we want to be in the future.” He pointed out that the initiatives that PJM is examining will work their way through the stakeholder process.

PJM also updated members on the “Resilience Roadmap” activities and their importance to PJM and the industry.

Stephanie Monzon, liaison to PJM President and CEO Andy Ott, detailed how PJM is developing the roadmap as a cross-functional document, concentrating on operations, planning, security and resilience, with aspects of the work flowing through markets.

Stakeholders and PJM will develop some of the roadmap solutions jointly; some have already begun in the stakeholder process (e.g. a problem statement was approved recently to look at evaluating frequency response with the changing resource mix).

PJM said it is looking at some of the topics, such as improving supply chain risk management in line with the recent regulations from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Scott Baker, chair of the special Markets Implementation Committee on Distributed Energy Resources, updated members on committee activities.

The committee is evaluating current options for resources to participate in markets when both reducing load and injecting power past the load meter and is looking first at ancillary services (followed by the energy and capacity markets).

Significant areas of discussion look at interconnection, aggregation and methods to measure wholesale versus retail energy. Baker said the stakeholder process goal is to establish clear market rules for DER that wish to participate in wholesale markets.

Tom O’Brien, vice president & chief information officer, updated members on the Security & Resilience Advisory Committee.

At the May advisory meeting, members discussed associated threats and framed them in terms of challenges and solutions. Dialogue will include continued emphasis on the evolution of gas-electric coordination. PJM also reviewed preparation for NERC’s Grid Ex in November, including explaining the coordination between PJM and members and PJM’s role.

O’Brien stressed the importance of stakeholder involvement in the advisory committee and urged participation from members who work closely in security and resilience. The next meeting is August 21.

PJM is preparing to launch its Markets Certification Program. This voluntary program will certify that individuals have demonstrated knowledge of PJM markets and business rules in a number of market topics, such as the Day-Ahead Market, ancillary services and settlements.

As part of interregional coordination, PJM reviewed its Joint and Common Market initiative with MISO and outlined some of the topics for the August joint meeting, including firm flow entitlements. A group, which includes PJM, MISO, SPP, TVA, Manitoba Hydro and LGE, has been developing a collaborative solution to update firm rights, with a target effective date of June 1, 2018.

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