- PJM Interconnection hosted a
meeting of executives of many of the world's largest electric-grid
operators. The focus of the three-day event was to identify common
issues and challenges and develop strategies to deal with them
Attending the International Meeting of Very Large Power Grid
Operators were officials from:
-- China - East China Power Grid Co., North China Power Grid Co. and
State Grid Corp. of China
-- France - Reseau de Transport d'Electricite
-- India - Power Grid Corp. of India
-- Italy - Gestore Rete Trasmissione Nazionale
-- Japan - Tokyo Electric Power Co.
-- United Kingdom - National Grid Transco
-- United States - California ISO, Midwest ISO, PJM
Also submitting information for discussion was Operador Nacional
do Sistema Electrico of Brazil.
Phillip G. Harris, PJM president and CEO, said each grid operator
gave an overview presentation on its power system. This was followed
by presentations on the key challenges faced by each system and a
discussion and ranking of the common issues.
"These constructive exchanges led to a consensus on an action plan
for 2005 and an agreement to meet again in 2005 to report on and
review the work being done by the group," Harris said.
The grid operators agreed on three key action items to address:
-- Analyze ways to prevent cascading blackouts
-- Identify opportunities for very large power systems to employ advanced
technology in decision-making
-- Investigate enhancements in the design of energy-management systems
for very large power systems
Harris said the idea of holding such a meeting was prompted by
several significant reliability events around the world, including
the Aug. 14, 2003 outage in the eastern U.S. and Canada.
"Discussions with our colleagues around the world led to a
consensus that an international meeting would be a valuable mechanism
to share information and address common issues related to both
reliability and electricity markets," he said.
Special speakers at the event, which was held in Philadelphia,
were Vincent DeVito, acting assistant secretary of policy and
international affairs of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Pat
Wood III, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Acting Assistant Secretary DeVito commended the participants and
expressed DOE's support for the cooperative international agenda of
"The cooperation envisioned as a result of this gathering will
support and promote the benefits achieved through the economics of
energy. Collectively, this group can bring reliable, safe,
environmentally sound electricity supply to all the reaches of our
respective regions," he said.
FERC Chairman Wood praised the goals of the meeting and pointed to
the significance of the organizations represented at the event:
"It's good news for power customers all across the globe that the
largest power-grid operators are collaborating in a formal way.
Enhanced reliability, greater resource efficiency and standardized
information systems will bring value to all the countries involved."
PJM Interconnection ensures the reliability of the high-voltage
electric power system serving 44 million people in all or parts of
Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New
Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and
the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation
of the region's transmission grid; administers a competitive
wholesale electricity market, the world's largest; and plans regional
transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and
relieve congestion. Visit PJM at http://www.pjm.com
A photo of the international event is available by calling PJM
News toll-free at +1-866-PJM-NEWS (756-6397), or +1-610-666-2200.
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