Report: PJM needs more electricity in 13 states to meet 2040 estimates | News, sports, jobs

(The Center Square) – Although electricity demand will increase significantly by 2040, there is no plan to increase electricity production to meet these estimates, according to a new report from Clean Energy Grid related to PJM Interconnection.

PJM coordinates wholesale energy for 65 million people throughout parts or all of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“A major barrier to transmission development is a lack of proactive transmission planning,” the report said. “Opponents and skeptics of proactive planning often raise the specter of uncertainty and speculation as a roadblock to achieving robust and reliable results. But these concerns will not be resolved by ignoring the enormous changes impacting the energy sector and continuing to plan reactively.”

The report highlights additional clean energy demands, aging thermal energy generation and increases in electricity needs due to the proliferation of electric vehicles, the needs of manufacturing facilities and data centers.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has led interstate efforts to push back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy that could result in as many as two-thirds of all vehicles in the United States becoming electric vehicles by 2032 are.

“The Biden administration’s woke agenda is also putting more strain and demands on our nation’s power grids, while at the same time taking dramatic steps to weaken them,” Morrisey said as he fought the EPA requirements. “The ongoing war on coal means the electric grid does not have the baseload capacity to handle even more demand from electric vehicles, especially outside of the hours when people are charging these cars. Yet agencies like the EPA continue to ignore the production and distribution challenges that await if these types of proposals are adopted.”

According to the report, PJM’s energy needs will increase by 8% to 18% in 2040 compared to the 2024 load forecast and PJM will need 623 to 798 terawatt hours of electricity annually by 2040 to close the resource gap.

This means an increase of 76% to 100% in annual energy production “driven by higher electrification estimates, which lead to higher load growth and higher numbers of generation outages due to assumptions about shorter plant lifespans.”

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