Operations Looks at Short-Term Plans to Address Resilience


PJM Operations introduced its short-term resilience plans at the Operating Committee meeting Sept. 12.

For PJM, resilience means the ability of the system to withstand or quickly recover from events that pose operational risks.

Glen Boyle, manager – System Operator Training, presented an overview for advancing  resilience and its three elements – prepare, operate and recover. He and Ken Seiler, executive director – System Operations, discussed the plans:

  • Prepare: Generator attributes (includes the work of the new Primary Frequency Response Senior Task Force)
  • Operate: Contingency screening and monitoring (includes continuing to refine the gas-electric coordination and examination of gas pipeline contingencies)
  • Recover: Black start (including cranking path evaluation and member feedback on the current RTO-wide black start request for proposal process)

Seiler said “everything is on the table,” as Planning, Operations and Markets work together to develop interconnected focus areas to advance resilience across PJM.  Over the next several months, PJM will work on near-term items but, he added, there will be a significant amount of work for 2018 through 2020. PJM will continue to provide “visibility into the process with regular updates to the Operating Committee,” said Seiler.

Stakeholders touched on possible cross-functional areas such as demand response and the awareness of distributed energy resources for use in emergency situations.

PJM will further explore the topic at the Sept. 19 Grid 20/20: Focus on Security and Resilience. Seiler said he expects very specific questions from stakeholders at the forum.

Other Committee Business

Joe Mulhern reviewed PJM’s observations of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. He detailed PJM’s work prior to the eclipse, including identification of on-the-grid and behind-the-meter solar (done through the Generation Attribute Tracking System) and how the results reinforced the approach being considered for  the anticipated April 2024 solar eclipse.

PJM introduced the scorecard it developed for tracking regulation utilization in its regulation performance update. PJM has been closely monitoring regulation performance since the Jan. 9 signal implementation.

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