PJM Delays Capacity Performance Plan Vote
Pursuant to a conference call on June 25, PJM Interconnection’s Markets and Reliability Committee (MRC) opted to delay an endorsement vote on proposed revisions to Manual 18 related to the Capacity Performance Plan.
Ray Dotter, manager-strategic communications at the Reading, Penn-based RTO, told Retail Energy Buyer, “There will be further discussion of changes to the manual at a special MRC session on July 15, before the MRC will be asked to endorse the manual revisions at the next full meeting on July 23.”
The delay was incorporated into the process because of stakeholder confusion and pushback at an MRC meeting on June 18 that reportedly ran for six hours, or double the time allotted on the formal agenda. Intransigent stakeholders at that session said there were more questions than answers about the drafted plan, and it required more work.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) already had approved the proposal on June 6, noting that the changes were warranted in response to poor generator performance during the January 2014 Polar Vortex. Specifically, FERC pointed out, on the coldest day of 2014, 22 percent of the generation in PJM was unavailable to serve customers. Going forward, the committee said, it expected to see better generator performance and fuel assurance.