PJM board approves nearly $1bn in transmission upgrades

The PJM Board has approved nearly $1bn in additional electric transmission upgrades to maintain reliability power supplies for the 60 million people in PJM’s region of 13 states and the District of Columbia. Altogether in 2012, the PJM Board authorized $4.7bn in transmission projects.

The upgrades announced today address projected reliability problems. The approvals are part of PJM’s regional transmission expansion plan, which ensures the reliability of the high-voltage transmission system over the next 15 years.

“The regional transmission expansion planning process keeps us on a steady course of focusing on long-term reliability even amid a sea of changes like those we’ve seen this past year,” said Terry Boston, PJM president and CEO. “We’ve seen announced retirements of almost 16,000 MW of generation and a dramatic shift toward an increase of natural gas-fired generation.”

The regional plan includes a variety of projects throughout PJM’s region in nearly all of its transmission zones. Among the diverse upgrade projects are improvements and changes to substations, transformers and existing transmission facilities.

Since PJM’s formal planning process began in 2000, the board has authorized $23bn in transmission additions and upgrades.