PJM schedules June 17 conference on gas/electric interoperability

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Philip Moeller will be among the key speakers at PJM’s Grid 20/20: Focus on Gas/Electric Interoperability on June 17, 2015. The forum will be held at the PJM Conference & Training Center in Audubon, Pa.

This forum focuses on the two industries continuing to work collaboratively to adjust to the growing use of natural gas for electric generation.  PJM, regulators and gas and electric industry companies continue to assess the impact on grid operations, the markets, infrastructure planning and regulatory compliance.  The trend to natural-gas-fired generation also is a factor in considering the potential impacts of the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

PJM President and CEO Terry Boston will open the forum, which also will feature ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie and three panels of industry experts. The experts and regulatory officials will address key questions during remarks or as part of panel discussions, including:

  • Why is gas-electric interoperability so important right now?
  • What are the challenges of building natural gas pipelines and what will future needs be?
  • What are the fundamental challenges in industry alignment right now?
  • What are the benefits to both industries of increased coordination?

The Grid 20/20 forums help PJM members and policymakers explore cutting-edge ideas, visions and technologies that will transform electricity in the 21st century.

For more information and to register for the free event either through in-person participation or WebEx see:http://www.pjm.com/committees-and-groups/stakeholder-meetings/symposiums-forums/grid-2020-focus-on-gas-electric-interoperability.aspx

PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 61 million people in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes 62,556 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion. Visit PJM at www.pjm.com.