PJM Board Approves Regional Transmission Enhancement Plan Updates

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The PJM Board of Managers has authorized changes to the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan (RTEP) to help ensure the most efficient, economical and reliable supply of power for the 65 million people PJM serves across 13 states and the District of Columbia.

The Board on Feb. 28 approved several new baseline projects; scope and cost changes to three existing baseline projects; acceleration of two projects to address congestion; and the cancellation of three approved baseline projects that are no longer required.

The larger scope projects include the following work in the named transmission zones:

  • Rebuilding the 69 kV Abert-Reusens line (AEP)
  • Replacing the Belmont 765/500 transformer (APS)
  • Rebuilding the 69 kV Vienna-Mardela line (DPL)
  • Rebuilding 115 kV North Meshoppen-Mehoopany lines 1 and 2 (PENELEC)
  • Replacing shunt reactors in the Waldwick switching station (PSEG)

Baseline reliability transmission enhancement costs are allocated to PJM load.

The approved scope and cost changes involve the New Jersey State Agreement Approach project, the deactivation of Brandon Shores, and a 2023 RTEP Window 3 project.

Full details (PDF) of the Board approvals are posted on PJM.com.

How PJM Plans for the Future

The Regional Transmission Expansion Plan process (PDF), which takes place throughout the year, identifies needs of the grid up to 15 years into the future.

PJM’s RTEP analysis identifies system violations to reliability criteria and standards, determines the potential to improve the market efficiency and operational performance of the system, and incorporates any public policy requirements.

PJM then develops transmission system enhancements to be integrated into a regional solution set and reviews them with stakeholders through the Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee (TEAC) before submitting recommendations to the PJM Board of Managers for consideration at its quarterly meetings. Follow projects through the process with PJM’s Project Status & Cost Allocation tool.