PJM Has Power Supplies Ready To Keep Consumers Cool This Summer
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — PJM Interconnection, operator of the nation’s largest power grid, is ready with power supplies to meet 61 million consumers’ expected power demand this summer. Electricity demand is forecasted to reach about 155,279 megawatts at its peak this summer. One megawatt of electricity is enough to power 800 to 1,000 homes.
The highest peak use of power in PJM was 165,492 MW in July 2011.
“We expect to have sufficient power to keep air conditioners and all electrical devices running this summer,” said Michael J. Kormos, executive vice president – Operations. “Summer can be the real test of our system because of heavy use of air conditioning across the 13-state region. This is why we work year-round to ensure that power resources are in place to meet consumer demand.”
PJM has 177,650 MW of installed generating capacity available to use. The amount of installed generation is slightly less than last year because of a number of power plant retirements. However, the reserve margin is nearly 21 percent, which is above the 15.6 percent required margin.