Planning Committee Discusses Changes to Planning Windows

The Planning Committee reviewed the evolution of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan proposal windows and its implementation moving forward at its May 4 meeting.

As part of the RTEP redesign, PJM is restructuring the proposal window cycles, specifically creating a longer single window to minimize overlap across windows. PJM is looking at using the longer window time frame to maximize the efficiency of the proposals and the extended RTEP cycle. This new cycle process would, for example, begin building 2018 cases in September 2017.

PJM also presented communication enhancements to the proposal window process. There will be three email addresses for members to submit questions, comments and concerns. Members should not send proposal window questions to the regular RTEP email.


  • Question/Concerns regarding window access
  • Password Issues
  • Axway Registration
  • Prequalification submittals
  • Changes to existing prequalification documentation
  • Technical/Analysis related questions

PJM also provided information regarding critical energy/electric infrastructure information (CEII) registration for RTEP proposal windows. PJM requires annual CEII registration, which covers all reliability windows for a particular calendar year.

In addition, PJM informed the committee of the timeline for capacity emergency transfer limit discussion. In response to stakeholder feedback, PJM will discuss CETL calculation at the June Markets Implementation Committee and Planning Committee meetings.

PJM also updated the committee on the Manual 14F: Competitive Planning Process. Manual 14F is a new manual, which PJM created to provide a single source of process/decisional information regarding PJMs implementation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000. The majority of the manual’s content is available in existing (non-manual) documentation but the manual will provide stakeholders with a single source for the information.

On May 24, there will be a special Planning Committee meeting on Manual 14F on cost caps and containment provisions.

Stakeholders also discussed the Designated Entity Design Standards Task Force, which is developing minimum engineering design standards. The standards look at geography, physical and other local needs (such as noise level and undergrounding requirements) in considering planning projects.

The design standards would apply to projects that are competitively solicited and address transmission lines, substations and system protection and control design and coordination.

Other Committee Business


  • Manual 14A: Generation and Transmission Interconnection Process and Tariff Updates

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