Planning Committee Hears Order 1000 and TEAC Revamp Ideas

Possible changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000 and PJM’s Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee – and how those changes might affect PJM’s planning process – were at the center of the Sept. 15 Planning Committee meeting.

In addition to presentations on transmission substation equipment projects submitted through the Order 1000 process and possible revamping of TEAC, PJM’s new System Planning, Modeling and Support department presented the 2017 base case schedules.

The group presented the initial 2017 Regional Transmission Expansion Plan case building schedules for power flow cases and short circuit cases. Both schedules call for PJM to begin building the schedules in September in anticipation of beginning the RTEP analysis at the start of 2017.

Steve Herling, vice president – Planning, said developing power flow cases is central to get the whole case development process moving earlier. With the entire analysis process moving earlier, Herling said that he hoped it will put PJM in a better position to manage the RTEP process.

 PJM is examining the entire RTEP process, including the analytical schedule, Board of Manager approvals and interactions with stakeholders. The TEAC has been in place since the inception of the RTEP and has evolved as the RTEP has evolved.

Any redesign of the planning process to enhance communication and transparency with stakeholders would reflect on how PJM does business today, said Herling. Part of it stems from the Order 1000 lessons learned; Herling testified at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the subject earlier this year.

Improved communication is a key in any changes to the RTEP and TEAC – including incorporating social media methods that would lead to more dynamic communications and faster cycle times.

Process Enhancements

PJM also reviewed RTEP process enhancements related to the treatment of transmission substation equipment in Order 1000 proposal windows, as well as revisions to the Operating Agreement to implement the changes.

This discussion focused on changing the process so reliability issues that can be resolved with simple substation upgrades without the  need to use a proposal window.

Other Committee Business 

  • First read for the 2016 Installed Reserve Margin study The study established the initial IRM for 2020/21and re-sets the IRM for 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20
  • Update on the status of lower voltage facilities threshold filing and the recent FERC order
  • Endorsed changes for Manual 14B: Region Transmission Planning Process and Manual 14C: Generation and Transmission Interconnection Facility Construction (new equipment energization process)
  • Endorsed changes for Manual 14B: Region Transmission Planning Process (winter temperature ratings)