As we have seen, PJM’s engineers have floated their first draft of the rejiggered RTEP process they have been talking about. Here is that slide show.
Now the forces of Big Wind (including AEP and Exelon) are moving in to exert their muscle. They have also brought in a Big Wind front group representing the Midwest land-based wind power industry (which of course includes Big Wind producers AEP and Exelon) to support PJM’s plan to cram Big Wind down the throats of East Coast states while they are also pushing AEP’s Big Coal.
We saw in the PATH fight how PJM and AEP/FE tried to claim that PATH was needed to bring Midwest wind power to the East Coast. Now that East Coast states are fighting PJM to produce their own power from offshore wind and locally produced electricity from natural gas, PJM wants to rewrite its RTEP process to crush these state initiatives. PJM’s new RTEP process would allow PJM to interpret state Renewable Portfolio Standards and force imported renewable power from new interstate transmission lines on states that wanted to produce their own.
Readers of The Power Line know that the most reliable electrical grid is one based on locally produced power without unstable and vulnerable long distance transmission lines. Just when the East Coast states are taking their first steps toward electrical self-reliance, PJM wants to rewrite the rules to stop them.
Here is the discussion as it is shaping up on PJM’s Web site:
- The Big Wind front group supports the PJM draft RTEP plan. Take a look at the front group’s Web site here. No offshore wind power companies or supporters here. Lots of land based wind companies. Surprise, surprise.
- East Coast power companies oppose PJM/Big Wind plan to interfere in state policies
- AEP letter supporting PJM’s draft RTEP plan
- Exelon letter supporting PJM’s draft RTEP plan
The discussion over PJM’s new RTEP revisions gets right to the heart of the real issues behind PATH — Do we want a reliable grid based on self-reliant communities and industries or do we want an unreliable, vulnerable grid based on distant generation and hugely expensive transmission lines?
In the future, we will move a lot of this discussion to the Coalition for Reliable Power Web site here. You can learn a lot more about self-reliant electrical power systems by clicking on the links on that site.