Independence Energy Connection project will result in a more efficient and reliable electric grid [Letter]

The Aegis

Editor:

Competition is key to a strong wholesale electric market, and consumers benefit as new sources of power come online and compete. That benefit depends on sufficient infrastructure to reliably transmit low-cost electricity supply to consumers throughout the region.

In the case of the Independence Energy Connection project, long-standing congestion at the Pennsylvania-Maryland border needed to be addressed. PJM Interconnection requested proposals to address the issue, evaluated dozens of proposals over several months, and selected the most effective proposed solution.

As a regional transmission operator regulated by the federal government, PJM ensures reliable electric supplies, administers competitive wholesale electricity markets and plans improvements to the electric transmission grid for over 65 million people. PJM operates without profit.

PJM’s more than 1,000 members include power generators, transmission owners, electricity distributors, power marketers and large consumers. The company has no financial or ownership interest in any member and it does not profit from any project. PJM is required to act independently and impartially in operating and planning the regional transmission system and in overseeing the wholesale electricity market.

PJM plans not just for today; we plan for the future. To ensure reliable transmission service, PJM prepares an annual plan that addresses near-term reliability needs and long-term transmission needs over a planning horizon of 15 years. We use reliability and market efficiency analyses to identify necessary transmission additions and upgrades including those that may have economic or wholesale market benefits. This evaluation includes a review of the transmission system and the opportunity to utilize current facilities as well as directs the installation of new transmission projects.

Although the primary benefits from the Independence Project relate to market efficiency and the reduction of congestion costs in the region, any new transmission facilities also enhance the overall electrical strength of the transmission system.

The Independence Project will result in a more efficient electric grid and aligns with PJM’s obligation to ensure access to reliable, low-cost electricity across the entire PJM Region.

Susan Buehler

Chief Communications Officer

PJM Interconnection

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