PJM, the nation’s largest power grid operator, issued a new study today analyzing fuel-supply resilience on their system. PJM looked five years into the future, using a 2023/2024 system model, to analyze more than 300 different scenarios ranging from typical operations to extreme scenarios, considering elements like generation retirements, customer demand, fuel delivery and fuel disruptions.
PJM said it will continue to work with the gas pipeline industry to improve coordination in communications, refine contingencies and further improve shared understanding of pipeline and grid operations, and where they interface.
Amy Farrell, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs made the following comment:
“Energy regulators and grid operators confirm the reliability and resilience of the U.S. power system, and today PJM reinforced there is no emergency. PJM is right to focus on market-based solutions for future challenges, but they should not presuppose a fuel supply solution when other options such as transmission enhancement exist.
“PJM should focus on valuing grid services that keep the lights on, letting any and all technologies compete to provide those services in the market. This will give consumers what they really care about, a reliable and resilient electricity supply at the lowest possible cost.”
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