PJM, pipelines agree to share more information about gas supply and demand
The biggest U.S. electric grid operator and nine interstate natural gas pipelines have agreed to share more information about the supply of, and demand for, natural gas for power generation to improve operational planning and anticipate the growing interdependence of the two industries.
PJM Interconnection, which transmits power in 13 states and the District of Columbia, said on Thursday that it agreed a memorandum of understanding with the pipeline operators to provide better information on the needs of gas-fired generators and to ensure adequate pipeline capacity.
“This agreement sets the stage for greater coordination between electric generators and the natural gas pipeline industry,” said Mike Kormos, PJM’s chief operations officer, in a statement. “As electricity-generating facilities increasingly turn to natural gas, it is important that we all communicate clearly to assure reliable service.”