Planning Committee Discusses Redesign of Processes

Planning Committee presentations on Feb. 9 focused on project reports, updates and the  redesign of the planning process.

PJM provided  updates from the ongoing special Planning Committee meetings regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 1000 lessons learned for the redesign of the Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee and the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.

PJM initiated the redesign process as a result of stakeholder feedback. Among the goals were improved transparency and better communication and processes within both the TEAC and the RTEP. Understanding stakeholder needs and establishing technology requirements are also stakeholder priorities. In addition, there are on-going discussions regarding improving internal processes and embracing technologies that enable better business practices.

PJM put an emphasis on quality assurance in the process, looking for better model scheduling consistency, timing of updates and metric analysis, as well as external communication. PJM also developed better diagrams on how it reaches decisions and establishing Manual 14F to cover the changes.

There will be another special PC session on Order 1000 on Feb. 10. PJM anticipates the newly redesigned TEAC to be in place by 2018.

For the RTEP structure and timing (reference slides 8-11), PJM’s goal is to implement overlapping 18-month RTEP cycles to replace the current 12-month cycle. This will give PJM additional time to vet issues, develop solutions, review alternatives, coordinate with stakeholders and conduct longer windows.

According to Steve Herling, vice president – Planning, PJM found that  too many projects were spilling over from the previous planning cycle to the beginning of the next cycle. The new structure and timing will allow PJM to “hit the ground running” with a formalized concerted effort to start looking at projects sooner.

Herling also pointed out that this effort is working in conjunction with PJM’s examination of the sustainability of its sponsorship model.

PJM wants to ensure the changes are in place for September, when the 2018 RTEP planning cycle for 2023 will begin.

PJM also presented an update on the new RTEP base case build schedule and current group of load flow case development projects – covering light-load cases, summer and winter projects for the 2022 RTEP. The case build group will coordinate with Transmission Planning to vet cases fully and incorporate updates into the RTEP.

Other committee business

  • Update on RTEP Incremental Auction Revenue Rights
  • Updates from North American Electric Reliability Corporation and regional coordination activities , including new NERC standards (subject to future enforcement)