Members Committee Hears Security Committee Proposal

At its Nov. 17 Members Committee meeting, PJM proposed a new Security & Resilience Committee that would engage members in discussing current and emerging issues impacting security and grid resilience.

Tom O’Brien, vice president and chief information officer, explained that PJM believes the new all-volunteer committee would be a unique forum for members to discuss issues such as the spectrum of threats and growing security hazards and the rising interest in resilience inside and outside the industry.

Potential topics could include:

  • Industry/Department of Defense partnerships for cyber security, mission assurance and energy resilience
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency power outage incident annex development at federal and regional level
  • Catastrophic event planning and exercise
  • Integration and use of distributed energy resources for resilience
  • Infrastructure criticality and interdependency assessment
  • Micro-grids to support critical infrastructure

Earlier, the committee endorsed


PJM President and CEO Andy Ott used the elections to cite the leadership and praise the work of outgoing chair Katie Guerry. Susan Bruce of the PJM Industrial Customer Coalition will move from vice chair to chair.

The Members Committee elected Michael Borgatti, representing the generation owners,  to vice chair for 2017. The position is a one-year term and rotates among sectors. The vice chair then moves up to chair for the following year.

The committee also elected the following member representatives:

Finance Committee: Electric Distributor Sector: Chris Norton, AMP (term expires 2019); Generation Owners: Jason Cox, Dynegy (term expires 2018) and David Scarpignato, Calpine (term expires 2019). The remaining sector representatives’ terms remain unexpired.

Sector Whips (one-year terms): Electric Distributor Sector: Steve Lieberman, ODEC; End-Use Customer Sector: Susan Bruce, PJM Industrial Customer Coalition; Generation Owner: Michael Borgatti, Gabel Associates; Other Supplier Sector: Katie Guerry, EnerNOC; Transmission Owner Sector: Jodi Moskowitz, PSEG

General Session Update

Bruce announced updates for the Dec. 6 General Session in Wilmington on the Evolution of PJM System Planning.


  • David Whitely, owner of Whiteley BPS Planning Ventures, executive director of Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC)
  • Benjamin F. Hobbs, Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins
  • Stanton W. Hadley, senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In addition to presentations, there will be a question-and-answer session, moderated by Steve Herling, vice president – Planning. Members can contact their sector whips to submit questions for this segment.