The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) lately quantified the potential financial advantages of the onshore renewable energy tasks awaiting grid connection in PJM, the most important electrical energy market within the United States. Findings from the report, Power Up PJM, present that if these renewable tasks may very well be introduced on-line on the tempo PJM was approving tasks within the latest previous (from 2011 to 2016), 34 GW of recent renewable power may attain industrial operation within the area over the subsequent 4 years, enabling almost 200,000 job-years and roughly $33 billion in capital funding.
“Tens of billions of dollars and thousands of good-paying jobs are being left on the table because of broken interconnection and transmission planning processes,” says ACORE president and CEO Gregory Wetstone. “The current grid backlog is unprecedented. With commonsense reforms, grid planners and operators could ease the logjam in our nation’s interconnection queues, accelerating the renewable transition and delivering meaningful economic and health benefits to states across America.”
To start fixing these points, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lately accredited a set of procedural reforms which have begun a four-year transition interval for PJM to guage pending interconnection purposes. ACORE’s new evaluation focuses on the two,003 renewable energy tasks on this transition cycle for PJM and features a state-by-state breakdown of the potential job creation and capital funding these tasks can ship.
Virginia is projected to see probably the most advantages, with the potential for over 50,000 job-years and $8.5 billion in capital funding, adopted by Illinois (almost 32,000 job-years, $5.5 billion in capital funding), Ohio (over 29,500 job-years, $4.8 billion in capital funding) and Indiana (almost 29,000 job-years, $4.7 billion in capital funding).
The report additionally quantifies how interconnection reforms may have yielded even larger advantages – an extra 100,000 job-years and almost $17 billion in capital funding over the subsequent 4 years – if PJM had proactively deliberate extra transmission. Power Up PJM concludes with a set of suggestions for each PJM and FERC that might assist enhance the interconnection course of and scale back future backlogs.
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