PJM: Regional Cooperation Leads to Lower Costs and Enhanced Reliability

March 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Electrical Grid Reliability

Regional grid operator PJM, the regional transmission organization (RTO) with responsibility and authority to coordinate the efficient movement of electricity, has concluded that cooperation with other states is the best way for states to meet their pollution reduction targets under the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Nation's Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won't Be a Problem

March 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Renewables Expansion

PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.”[read more]


How the PJM Power Grid in the US Skirted Very Close to Blackouts During January's Polar Vortexes

March 3, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

PJM Power Grid Stress


The eastern portion of the PJM power grid in the U.S. narrowly avoided rolling blackouts during the period of January's 'polar vortexes'. Several steps are needed to reduce the risks, including those dealing with the shift to natural gas-fired generators.[read more]

Virtual Generation and Demand Response: How Constellation Finds Energy Where There Wasn’t Any…

September 19, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

As operators for regional power grids such as PJM Interconnection begin to roll out more robust demand-response programs, the private sector is responding with software products that can save energy for large commercial and industrial consumers and help utilities avoid brownouts and perhaps even blackouts. One of the emerging leaders in...[read more]

Guarding the Grid

August 17, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

In 2003, an overheated power line near Cleveland, Ohio sagged into a tree and shorted out. It started a cascade of power line failures across the Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada, and causing the worst blackout in U.S. history. Since then, utilities and grid operators have used new technology and procedures to prevent another major blackout – but can they compete with an aging grid and estimated $1 trillion in required new investment?[read more]

EnerNOC: The Demand Response Advantage Is Customer Savings

July 19, 2011 by Benjamin Lack

Gregg Dixon, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing for EnerNOC, discusses how his company is helping smooth the load on the grid through innovative demand response strategies.  Ben Lack: I’m with Greg Dixon, the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales with EnerNOC. Thanks so much for being with us today. Greg Dixon: It’s our pleasure,...[read more]

Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail Warns Readers - Proposed Nuclear Plants Could Affect WVa Coal

October 4, 2009 by Rod Adams

One of the best explanations of electricity supply dispatch curves that I have ever read is available in the Saturday, October 3, 2009 edition of the Charleston Daily Mail under the headline of Proposed nuclear plants could affect WVa coal. That article describes in detail how bidding in the PJM Interconnection transmission network sets...[read more]