FERC Chair Glick to Speak as PJM Launches Interconnection Policy Workshop Series

FERC Chairman Richard Glick to Speak at First Session May 18

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PJM is holding a workshop series to engage stakeholders on national policy issues affecting the interconnection process, beginning with a May 18 session featuring comments from Richard Glick, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Interconnection Policy Workshop series aims to promote communication and dialogue among stakeholders on policy issues that are national in scope, but also directly affect how PJM administers its queue today, and how it might administer both its queue and the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan process in the future. 

The workshop sessions will be designed, through both panel discussions and stakeholder dialogue, to elicit the views of different sector representatives on these policy issues.

The forum could yield a specific filing at FERC seeking a larger change to some of the underlying orders governing the interconnection process, such as FERC Order 2003. This could come in the form of a PJM filing.

The policy workshops will be conducted in parallel with the work of the new Interconnection Process Reform Task Force. That group, which began meeting April 23, expects to have a proposal of PJM-specific process changes to submit to FERC by January 2022. (See New Task Force to Explore Interconnection Process Reform.)

Tuesday’s session, scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, will kick off with comments from Glick, followed by a review of the existing policy framework presented by Craig Glazer, PJM Vice President – Federal Government Policy.

Glazer will then moderate a panel discussion featuring:

  • Amanda R. Conner, Vice President – FERC and RTO Strategy and Policy, AEP
  • Rob Gramlich, President, Grid Strategies
  • John Brodbeck, Senior Manager – Transmission, EDP Renewables
  • David (Scarp) Scarpignato, Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs, Calpine
  • Susan Bruce, Esq., of McNees, Wallace & Nurick, on behalf of the PJM Industrial Customer Coalition
  • Frederik (Erik) Heinle III, Assistant People’s Counsel, Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia

Some of the issues to be explored at the first session include:

  • Funding of network upgrades and related cost allocation
  • Proactive planning for renewables
  • Interregional and intraregional planning
  • Analyses for future transmission expansion scenarios

Register to participate in the first session of the Interconnection Policy Workshop on the Planning Committee page of PJM.com.