PJM Planning Tool Updated for Enhanced Grid Visualization

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PJM has launched an update to its public Queue Scope planning tool that lets users visually evaluate the potential impacts of new generation on the power grid.

The original version of Queue Scope, first made available in December 2022, relied on a tabular format to display information. The new version is now integrated with the PJM system map, meaning that users can now visualize how a generator impacts congestion on lines, as well as the potential transmission upgrades that would be needed to interconnect a project.

Queue Scope, which is part of PJM’s Planning Center tool, allows prospective generation developers or other users to assess the location of future generators before they formally enter PJM’s interconnection queue. Using PJM’s Regional Transmission Expansion Plan and interconnection queue studies, the tool analyzes the impacts on the PJM system based on the amount of megawatts that would be added to the system at a chosen point of interconnection.

Queue Scope is designed to allow developers to better assess the viability of their potential projects before entering PJM’s interconnection process. The public version of Queue Scope can also be accessed without a PJM.com account, allowing any user to see the potential impacts of adding generation to the system.