PJM Presents Analysis of Proposals for New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Goals

Seeks Feedback on Initial Study Results

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PJM presented its initial analysis of 80 proposals submitted to address New Jersey’s offshore wind generation goals at a special session of the Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee July 18.

PJM now seeks stakeholder feedback on the materials presented in order to further refine the technical analyses performed to date. Comments can be submitted through the transmission planning community’s planning tool within the next two weeks.

The comprehensive review considered reliability, economic performance, constructability and financial aspects of the projects, submitted in a competitive transmission solicitation window from April 15 to Sept. 17, 2021.

The proposals apply to one or more of the following options:

  • (1A) Onshore upgrades to existing facilities
  • (1B) Onshore new transmission connection facilities
  • (2) Offshore new transmission connection facilities
  • (3) Offshore network

As part of the analysis, PJM completed initial reliability screening studies for 26 point-of-injection scenarios.

This was the first public showing of PJM’s analysis, which has been shared with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).

PJM and the NJBPU are collaborating in a groundbreaking initiative using PJM’s competitive planning process to advance New Jersey’s goal of delivering 7,500 MW of offshore wind generation to its residents by 2035.

New Jersey requested, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved, use of the State Agreement Approach, an existing provision of PJM’s Operating Agreement, to further the state’s offshore wind goals.

The provision enables a state, or group of states, to propose a project to assist in realizing state public policy requirements as long as the requesting state (or states) agrees to pay all costs of any state-selected build-out included in the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan (RTEP).

NJBPU staff is scheduled to complete its independent evaluation of the proposals and anticipates making its recommendation(s) to the BPU in October. PJM will continue to provide updates on the process at upcoming Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee meetings.