New Task Force Emerges to Explore End-of-Life Transmission Projects

MRC approves task force



Members of the Markets and Reliability Committee discussed at length  end-of-life transmission projects at the meeting Thursday.

Members from several sectors presented a proposed problem statement and issue charge, which the MRC endorsed. (Represented members were: American Municipal Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Virginia Power, LS Power, the PJM Industrial Customer Coalition, the PJM Public Power Coalition and ITC Mid-Atlantic Development.)

The End-of-Life Senior Task Force will report to the MRC. The task force is charged with brainstorming transparency and consistency issues for end-of-life transmission projects and will work with other stakeholder groups to develop guidelines within the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan. It will not, however, address transmission cost allocation issues.

Other business

Members heard first-reads of the performance assessment hour ramp rate (Rebecca Stadelmeyer, senior consultant – Market Services, pictured in banner) and the movement of operating parameter definitions from the Markets Gateway user guide into PJM manuals.

The operating parameter language must be in place by June 1 to be in effect for the 2016/2017 delivery year for Capacity Performance resources. Because the ramp rate proposal requires changes to the PJM tariff, as well as manuals, PJM proposes to file changes with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by March 31, with an effective date of May 31.

PJM is approaching both of these as short-term resolutions. There will be stakeholder discussions on longer-term solutions throughout the summer.

The MRC also:


Tom Zadlo of Markets Services explains the new confidentiality language.

With a light schedule, the Members Committee approved the consent agenda by voice vote, including implementation of a voltage threshold for transmission projects to be considered in the Order 1000 window process.