PJM's Second Transmission Expansion Plan Gets Go-Ahead

A plan that calls for more than $420 million of transmission facility additions and reinforcements in the PJM region has been given the green light by PJM Interconnection's board of managers. PJM Interconnection's board of managers signed off on the second regional transmission expansion plan (RTEP) for the PJM region last Tuesday.

"The RTEP delivers real results through transmission enhancements and expansions in order to meet the generation and growth needs of the mid-Atlantic region for the next 10 years," said PJM CEO Phillip Harris. "In short, this plan ensures bulk power reliability for our region."

PJM's board of managers approved the first RTEP in August 2000 (see NGI, Aug. 7, 2000). As a result of that plan, approximately $300 million of transmission facility additions and reinforcements are currently in design or construction to, in part, accommodate the interconnection of more than 15,000 MW of new generating capacity to the PJM region.

PJM noted that the second, updated plan includes transmission upgrades to ensure the continuing compliance of the system with regional reliability criteria and to accommodate the interconnection of 43 generation projects, amounting to more than 12,500 MW of new generating capacity. The two phases of the plan, approved to date, now include more than $720 million of transmission infrastructure investments and accommodate more than 27,500 MW of new generating capacity within the PJM region.

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