PJM Interconnection expects to have ample resources to meet power demand this winter across its 13-state territory and the District of Columbia.

The grid operator said it should have more than 186,000 MW of resources available to meet the projected peak demand of around 136,000 MW. PJM’s all-time winter peak is 143,295 MW, which was set on Feb. 10, 2015.

“PJM has been able to depend on the extensive weatherization preparations of our members, and the close coordination with those members and other stakeholders, to operate the system reliably in the most extreme weather conditions,” said CEO Manu Asthana. “They make the system work, even as they integrate new practices and protocols in the face of a pandemic.”

PJM analyzes the expected demand for electricity, weather predictions and other factors to develop its forecast for winter operations. It also works with members to prepare for cold weather by testing resources, conducting drills and surveying generators for fuel inventory.

PJM’s preparation checklist includes increasing staffing for weather emergencies and conducting maintenance activities to ensure equipment is ready for winter conditions, among other things. It also coordinates with natural gas supply and transportation across the region as part of its normal winter preparations.

Noting the impacts of Covid-19 on power demand, PJM said peak demand over the summer reached more than 144,000 MW on July 20. This is more than the peak demand of around 139,000 MW hit last summer, with more people working from home amid the pandemic.

PJM serves more than 65 million customers in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.