Use PJM’s Interactive Tools to Track Renewables

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Across the country, a growing number of cities and states are embracing the goal of powering their communities with clean energy.

Washington, D.C. and several PJM states – including New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina – have introduced legislation setting a goal of using 100 percent carbon-free energy resources by 2050.

Within the PJM region, Delaware and Maryland already are members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based program to reduce emissions. New Jersey is poised to rejoin RGGI, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order seeking a state rulemaking to control carbon emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric power generators.

PJM enables such public policy initiatives by providing a home in the competitive marketplace for renewable and innovative technologies in its footprint, which spans 13 states and Washington, D.C.

PJM also offers a number of tools that anyone can use to track the path of renewable energy.

Explore Each Project

Renewable resources planned in PJM.

In addition to providing information about all generation projects in the New Services Queue, PJM publishes a live map of renewable resources under study for possible interconnection to the grid.

Various-colored dots denote projects involving biomass, hydro, methane (generated by landfills, etc.), solar, wind, wood and other fuels. Hover over any of these dots to find the megawatts and queue number, which can be cross-referenced with a detailed entry in the New Services Queue.

Not all of these projects will be built; only about 15 percent of all proposed new capacity comes online. Find each project’s status by searching its queue number; it will range from “active” to “withdrawn,” with the progress of phases and agreements noted.

Top Solar States in PJM Region

Renewable energy is a small part of the approximately 180,000 MW committed to serve the needs of PJM’s 65 million customers, but it’s growing – solar in particular.

Of the top-10 solar states in the country, as measured by the Solar Energy Industries Association, two are served by PJM: North Carolina (second) and New Jersey (seventh).

The largest amount of planned wholesale solar generation in the PJM region is destined for Virginia (1,817 MW), followed by North Carolina (634 MW) and Ohio (470 MW). For context, 1 MW can power about 800 homes.

Within the area served by PJM, the top-three states for existing renewable resources are New Jersey (2,857 MW), North Carolina (1,359 MW) and Maryland (1,159 MW). PJM serves only a portion of North Carolina.

Track Renewable Power with GATS

The Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS), owned by PJM subsidiary Environmental Information Services, allows these states and others with renewable energy goals to chart emissions data and renewable energy credits.

The public can also search GATS for more information about renewable generation in their area – potentially even on their own rooftops.

Download the PJM Now App

For a real-time fix, download the PJM Now mobile app.

Among the many features, you’ll find a breakdown of renewable power being generated at any moment.

Renewable generation is the fastest-growing electricity resource in the country, and it’s expected to power nearly half of the world’s energy demands by 2050. PJM is helping to enable this shift and providing transparent tools to watch it happen.