PJM, Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines Agree to Advance Grid Reliability
PJM Interconnection (PJM) – a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates wholesale electricity for 13 states and the District of Columbia – has signed a memorandum of understanding with nine large natural gas pipelines (the PJM Pipelines) that provide fuel for electric power generators in the PJM footprint. The pact, completed on July 30, is intended to improve operational planning, increase grid reliability and address the growing interdependence between the electric and natural gas industries.
“This agreement sets the stage for greater coordination between electric generators and the natural gas pipeline industry” said PJM Chief Operations Officer Michael Kormos. “As electricity-generating facilities increasingly turn to natural gas, it is important that we all communicate clearly to assure reliable service.”
In addition to the PJM Interconnection, parties to the agreement include Dominion Cove Point LNG, Dominion Transmission, Columbia Gas Transmission; National Fuel Gas Supply, Natural Gas Pipeline, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Texas Eastern Transmission, Texas Gas Transmission and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line.
The parties also are in consultation with the Independent Market Monitor, Monitoring Analytics – which is responsible for monitoring compliance with the rules, standards, procedures and practices of PJM markets.