PJM Board Authorizes Additions to Regional Transmission Expansion Plan

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PJM’s Board of Managers authorized changes to the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan to help ensure the most efficient, economical and reliable supply of power within PJM’s 13-state region and Washington, D.C.

At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Board authorized a package resulting in a net addition of nearly $234 million in projects resulting in transmission system upgrades and enhancements in the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan, or RTEP.

The RTEP identifies transmission upgrades and enhancements that are required to preserve the reliability of the transmission system. A key dimension of PJM’s RTEP process is baseline reliability evaluation for detection of system violations in strict adherence to reliability criteria standards. All authorized projects meet PJM reliability and deliverability criteria and/or transmission owner criteria.

New RTEP Projects

For additions to the RTEP, nearly $237 million in newly authorized baseline transmission enhancement projects break down into two categories:

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Form No. 715 transmission owner criteria projects totaling $202.37 million
  • PJM baseline reliability projects totaling $34.6 million

FERC Form 715 is the transmission planning and evaluation report that transmission owners must file with the Commission annually. The report must identify the transmission planning reliability criteria that the transmission owner uses to assess and test the strength and limits of the transmission system.

The PJM Board also authorized the cancellation of three formerly approved baseline projects for a $3 million overall decrease to the RTEP.

Details of all the projects are posted as part of the Feb. 4 Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee meeting materials.

How PJM Plans for the Future

Sound planning for the infrastructure needed to deliver power now and in the future is one of PJM’s primary responsibilities. The RTEP helps make this possible. As an annually published report and an ongoing comprehensive planning process, the RTEP identifies and coordinates the implementation of grid improvements and new transmission facilities. Robust planning for seamless and reliable operations, resilience, and the successful continuity of wholesale energy markets up to 15-years ahead ensures grid security for the 65 million people PJM serves and the community of generators, transmission operators, utilities and market participants across 13 states and Washington, D.C.

PJM uses an open, transparent and repeatable process to plan for changes to the bulk electric system in the 13-state region to maintain future reliability and optimum market operations. PJM’s planning process looks ahead 15 years, assessing the many factors underlying grid reliability. PJM studies many scenarios and analyzes various grid conditions that could lead to problems in the way power flows throughout the region.

When PJM identifies issues, it works with its members via a competitive planning process to determine solutions. The RTEP planning process does not review or approve locations where transmission lines are built. That is the responsibility of individual states. All transmission improvements identified via the planning process are discussed publicly in stakeholder meetings, and reviewed and approved by the Board before inclusion in the RTEP. Learn more about regional transmission planning in the PJM Learning Center.