Almost exactly a year ago, AEP/FirstEnergy pulled the plug on their PATH project at the state public service commissions. The power companies pulled the project because PJM was forced in the East Virginia SCC case to reveal its assessment of the need for PATH based on the preliminary findings in its 2011 Regional Transmission Expansion (Why can’t they call it “improvement”?) Plan or RTEP. That preliminary assessment found that none of the problems PJM had been harping about would appear until 2022 at the earliest, and for that reason, PATH was not needed.
This week, PJM released its final RTEP for 2011, which contained no new surprises. Try as they might, Steve Herling and the other PATH cheerleaders at PJM couldn’t change the final RTEP conclusions. Here is a link to the final 2011 RTEP report.
PJM tried some new twists, like using a different set of economic forecasts to calculate future demand, but it didn’t do anything to change the situation with PATH. Instead of dropping PATH entirely, PJM continues to use the fuzzy weasel word “abeyance” to describe their life support system for the PATH zombie.
And, yes, “abeyance” translates into another year of AEP/FirstEnergy charging all rate payers in PJM, including all WV customers of AEP/FirstEnergy, for the PATH project for another year.
How’s that for reliability?