OC Presents NESHAP RICE Update

PJM presented an update on demand response behind-the-meter generation and environmental permit requirements at the May 10 Operating Committee meeting.

The update was related to recent guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency after the D.C. Circuit Court handed down a decision vacating provisions of  a rule that specified that emergency engines may operate outside of the associated emission standard for emergency demand response and deviations in voltage or frequency. The rules are known as the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS).

The effect of the EPA guidance is that, as of May 1, 2016, behind-the-meter generation may only be used if it can operate when dispatched by PJM and comply with all local, state and federal laws, including environmental permits. Demand response dispatched by PJM must perform or the generator will be subject to penalty. There are no exceptions due to environmental permit status.

Also discussed at the OC, ReliabilityFirst gave a presentation on best practices for plant winterization. Presenter Don Urban said that PJM members had developed “inventive solutions” for winterization and applied best practices, which included better communications.

As part of PJM’s continuing education on Capacity Performance-related changes, there were status updates on performance assessment hour ramp rate and unit-specific parameter adjustments.  In addition, there was an update on Markets Gateway, which included action items for CP and annual market sellers who submit offers in Markets Gateway.

OC endorsements
Changes to Manual 36: System Restoration
Manual 03: Transmission Operations
Manual 10: Pre-Scheduling Operations
Manual 13: Emergency Operations
Manual 11: Energy & Ancillary Services Market Operations
Manual 11: Energy & Ancillary Services Market Operations (Conforming Changes)
System Operations Subcommittee charter