PJM Board authorizes $629 million in transmission upgrades

Reliability projects approved throughout the region

The PJM Board has authorized $629 million of new electric transmission upgrades and additions to ensure reliable power supplies across 13 states and the District of Columbia.

The approvals include 47 transmission projects in the Southern, Mid-Atlantic and Western regions to replace aging equipment, meet growing demand, and account for nuclear generator retirements.  All of the approved projects are to maintain system reliability.

“Reliability is always our top priority. The board’s approval of these projects reinforces both our mission and PJM’s independent assessment of transmission needs,” said Andrew L. Ott, president and CEO.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, the approved projects include two new substations in Bergen and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

In the Southern region, projects include new substations, new transformers and substation equipment upgrades along with a 500-kV transmission line to be rebuilt from Fauquier County south to Hanover County in the Dominion service area in Virginia.

In the Western region, approved projects include a new substation in Doddridge County, W.Va., which will be built to meet existing and expected growth in electricity use in the Marcellus Shale areas.

A full presentation of the projects can be found at PJM.com.

With these additions, PJM has authorized $36.7 billion in transmission improvements in its Regional Transmission Expansion Plan since its inception in 2000.