Tracking Progress of Proposed Power Plants or Facilities in PJM

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As our power grid continues to evolve to reliably serve customers from Washington, D.C., to Chicago, PJM Interconnection helps manage the process of reliable and economical transmission expansion and the integration of new generation resources.

When new generators seek to come online, modify or expand service for the 65 million customers in our footprint, PJM updates and maintains a current, public database of all such projects, showing their progression through the review process in the New Services Queue.

The New Services Queue is your guide through the planning and construction process for the evolving grid operated by PJM. Natural gas, coal and nuclear make up most of the energy generation in PJM’s current footprint. Other generators include fuel oil, hydro-electric, wind, solar, biomass and others. Among proposed projects, natural gas dominates among new generators coming online, followed by solar power.

You will find numerous proposed projects in the queue at various stages of development, many of which will never be built. Only about 15 percent of proposed new capacity actually comes online.

When new projects are proposed, PJM posts the information online in the New Services Queue. PJM then conducts studies that test proposed projects against mandatory national standards and PJM regional standards. These studies look four to five years ahead to identify possible transmission overloads, voltage limitations and other reliability standards violations.

Project reviews commence with a feasibility study with limited analyses to estimate cost and construction time while giving feedback to developers. A subsequent system impact study includes detailed analyses for more complete information on cost and timing. The interconnection facilities study to follow is an initial engineering review that provides a more-refined definition of design work. Finally, PJM and all parties involved complete an interconnection service agreement establishing project terms and conditions. PJM does not approve projects. Rather, it studies a project’s impact on the grid, its cost and whether it meets reliability standards.

Here, PJM publicly lists proposed projects and notes process milestones, organizing information in a manner that is searchable by project type:

  • Generation Interconnection: New power generators connecting to the grid
  • Long-Term Firm Transmission: Non-interruptible electric transmission service offered to customers under a filed rate schedule
  • Merchant Transmission: Privately funded, market-driven transmission investments that provide infrastructure to support competitive wholesale electricity markets
  • Upgrade Request: Facilities that add transmission system capacity

How to Search the New Services Queue

To begin tracking projects of interest in the New Services Queue,  start with the section at the top entitled “Your Saved Searches & Alerts.” In order to save a search for later use, you must have a pjm.com account and be logged in.

Your Saved Searches & Alerts

  • If you are searching for a project in your state, click on the area in the “County” column.  Once you identify the project, take note of its formal “Name” for further tracking. Note that the name in the queue may not match the name of the project used in the press or for business purposes.
  • Click on “Filters” in this tool to track projects of interest.
  • Once you have made your selection, click “Manage” to set up automatic email notifications to receive project news.
  • To begin a new search or start over, click the “Clear” button.

New Services Queue

  • The main database is organized by four tabs: “Description,” “Transmission Rights,” “Phases & Agreements” and “Dates.”
  • In the Description tab, search for project(s) of interest by Name, State, Status, and/or Transmission Owner, Project Type or Fuel.
  • Legend notes are built into the database. For “Fuel,” hover the cursor over the image to learn the type of generation represented.
  • Find where projects stand in the planning process by searching the “Phases & Agreements” tab. The documents listed here can provide additional details of the project.
  • Track projects by timed milestones in the “Dates” column.

Learn more about how PJM prepares for the future on the Learning Center. You can also find more detailed information about the Generation and Interconnection process in PJM Manual 14a and learn how PJM and its many stakeholders participate in the Planning Committee process to review and recommend changes to the bulk power supply system.