Electric Grid & NE Pipeline Companies Get Up Close and Personal

PJM Interconnection is a regional electric transmission organization that coordinates wholesale electricity for 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM, headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, covers the electric grid in the Marcellus/Utica region, including PA, OH, WV, MD, KY and VA. It is the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market with 900 members serving 61 million people! In a clear signal just how important shale gas has become for electric generators, PJM yesterday announced yesterday an agreement (deal?) to work more closely with a group of the biggest pipeline companies in the Marcellus/Utica “to work more closely with each other to improve operational planning and address growing interdependence between the electric and natural gas industries”–at least through June 2016. Working more closely means sharing non-public information back and forth between PJM and the pipeline companies…

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