PJM is working with Transmission Owners to complete studies and issue final agreements for as many projects as possible prior to the transition. Projects are prioritize based on queue order, number of violations, scope of facilities study, etc.
All AG1 stability studies are on hold and will resume after the transition. Therefore, AG1 projects requiring stability analysis will not receive final agreements prior to the Transition Date. The AG1 stability basecase will continue to be updated to the extent possible prior to transition start to be able to begin fast lane AG1 stability studies, once the eligible fast lane projects are identified.
Within 60 days of the Transition Date (to be announced at a later date), projects that have not been tendered a final agreement by the Transition Date will be required to post a Readiness Deposit of $4,000/MW and Site Control for an additional year from the Transition Date. Those that do so will be retooled and divided into a “fast lane” for expedited processing and Transition Cycle #1 (TC1).
What You Need To Know
Your PJM project manager will reach out to you when they have a meaningful status update or need more information from you to move your project forward. Due to higher than normal volume, PJM cannot accommodate all requests for meetings to walk through individual projects. Project managers will work with Project Developers on items that are actionable.
Project Developers are encouraged to attend the Interconnection Process Subcommittee meetings for more details on the process and timing. You should also familiarize yourself with the fast lane criteria, as well as the readiness requirements, in case your project needs to enter the transition.
Q: What case(s) will PJM use to determine fast lane eligibility?
A: Projects will be retooled on their original case years to determine fast lane eligibility.
Q: If I go into TC1, and my retool runs clean, can I go into the fast lane?
A: No, projects that do not meet fast lane criteria based on the initial transition retool will not be able to move to the fast lane.
Q: Can projects that are initially in the fast lane be bumped into TC1?
A: Yes, if an upgrade is identified and a project in the fast lane has cost allocation or is first to cause an upgrade over $5 million, they will be moved into TC1. This could also be an updated project cost provided by the Transmission Owner as they perform facility study-level engineering on a network upgrade.
Q: Can the uprate for a project qualify for the fast lane, if the base project does not?
A: No. If a project is an uprate (project relies on the Interconnection Facilities of a prior project) whose base project does not qualify for the expedited process, the uprate also will not qualify for the expedited process, regardless of analysis results.
Q: When can I make equipment changes (inverter/turbine model)?
A: For projects that fall into TC1, Project Developers can make permissible technology changes at Decision Point #1 (DP1) and Decision Point #2 (DP2).
Q: Why can’t PJM guarantee that I will get my final agreement prior to the transition?
A: PJM needs full clarity on required network upgrades and cost allocation. This requires load flow, short circuit, and stability analysis to be complete, along with any facilities studies done by the Transmission Owner for physical interconnection or reliability-driven upgrades. The serial nature of the current queue process can prevent projects from getting their final agreements if there are more senior queue positions that have yet to make necessary decisions on network upgrades.