PJM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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PJM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

For posted materials and meeting information on PJM’s coronavirus-related efforts, visit the Pandemic Coordination page.

April 6, 2020 3:35 p.m.

On April 3, PJM provided the following updates to members on the latest precautions PJM has put in place to maintain the safety and security of employees, stakeholders and the grid:

System Operator Seminar

  • Based on the latest guidance from public health experts and federal and state government, PJM has decided to cancel the remaining dates of the System Operator Seminar.
  • System operators who have concerns related to their training and certification requirements should contact TrainingSupport@pjm.com.

Stakeholder Meetings

  • PJM is extending Webex-only stakeholder meetings until at least May 6.

PJM Campus and Operations

  • PJM employees will continue to work-from-home until at least May 4, with the exception of system operators and other essential personnel.
  • PJM is equipping its campuses for sequestration, if needed, including the necessary logistics for an extended stay.
  • PJM is preparing its control room simulator be used as a third control room, only if needed, and determining what would be the best use of that facility.

Member Coordination

  • PJM is providing weekly updates for members on PJM’s approach to business rule waivers.
  • PJM continues to coordinate with both generation and transmission owners about scheduled maintenance outages.
    • While COVID-19 restrictions have not yet had a major impact on generator maintenance, some generators are reporting contractor crew shortage to due travel restrictions and parts shortages due to COVID-related supply chain issues.
    • Many generators are deferring or reducing the scope of longer planned outages and/or shifting work to shorter periods during off-peak hours
    • Transmission owners have not reported significant impact to maintenance schedules from coronavirus restrictions. However, PJM has an ongoing open request for transmission owners to inform PJM as soon as possible if COVID-19 related delays, such as personnel or supply chain issues, are expected to aid in the advanced rescheduling of the affected outages.

Load Impacts

  • Previous analysis has shown load coming in about 5-7 percent lower than historical trends. PJM expects that to increase and continues to analyze numbers to isolate weather impact vs. COVID-19 impact on load.
  • Data posted last week and the week prior compares actual load versus what one computer model predicts with actual temperatures added in after the fact, giving a result that accounts for weather. PJM is sharing this data with members and others but the analysis is not complete.
  • PJM will report additional information at the April 14 Planning Committee and the April 16 Operating Committee.
  • Data is posted weekly on the PJM Pandemic Coordination page.

March 24, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

On March 23 and 24, PJM provided the following updates on additional precautions PJM is taking in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

Weekly Stakeholder Briefings

  • PJM will hold weekly stakeholder briefings on PJM’s pandemic response.
  • The next briefing is scheduled for March 27 at 11 a.m. Please register to join the call.

Stakeholder Meetings

  • PJM has decided that it would not be prudent to hold the Annual Meeting in person this year, which was scheduled for May 4–5 in Chicago. PJM will hold the Members Committee meeting via Webex on May 4, 2020. PJM is discussing plans for other sessions on the agenda, and will communicate the outcome of those discussions with the relevant stakeholders.
  • PJM is extending the format of holding Webex-based stakeholder meetings until at least April 10.

System Operator Seminar

  • Based on guidance from public health experts, PJM has decided to cancel the next series of the PJM System Operator Seminar that was scheduled in Columbus, Ohio from March 31–April 24.
  • PJM will continue to provide updates on the remainder of the training.

PJM Campus and Operations

  • Operations planning has reported a “noticeable but not severe” decrease in load thus far due to coronavirus restrictions across the states. The drop has been around 5 percent and the load curve resembles a snow day. More details on PJM’s news site, Inside Lines.
  • PJM employees will continue its work-from-home policy until at least April 10, with the exception of system operators and other essential personnel.
  • PJM operators have been isolated from all support staff.
  • PJM’s control rooms continue to be disinfected daily.
  • As of March 21, Dispatch has moved to longer shifts to help minimize contact.
  • PJM has a dedicated liaison to the Emergency Operations Center for Montgomery County, PA.
  • PJM will continue reassess the situation on a weekly basis looking two weeks ahead. 

System Coordination

  • Operations is working with transmission owners and generation owners on any need to reschedule maintenance due to social distancing requirements.
  • Transmission owners will continue to evaluate and prioritize their own work. PJM will not request that transmission outages be canceled because of impacts from the virus but will work with TOs to reschedule them if staffing is not available.

March 18, 2020, 11:05 a.m.

In a message sent to PJM members on March 17, PJM provided the following updates on its interconnection’s policies, procedures and actions taken in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

System Operator Seminar

  • Based on guidance from public health experts, PJM has decided to cancel the next series of the PJM System Operator Seminar that was scheduled in Columbus, Ohio from March 31–April 24.
  • PJM will continue to provide updates on the remainder of the training.

Stakeholder Meetings

  • PJM is continuing to conduct meetings through Webex, which will include the March 26 MRC/MC meeting.
  • PJM continues to evaluate the Annual Meeting in May and will communicate a decision on that as soon as possible.

PJM Campus and Operations

  • PJM has implemented a work-from-home policy through March 27 for our employees with the exception of system operators and other shift personnel. PJM successfully tested its work-from-home capabilities on Friday, March 13, and the PJM markets, planning, stakeholder meetings and member relations can all be operated remotely.

Coordination Efforts

  • PJM continues to coordinate on an ongoing basis with other RTOs and ISOs, and agencies of the federal government and state governments, to maximize communication and coordination.
  • PJM is planning to have weekly calls with the generation, transmission and resource operators to provide an opportunity to share best practice preparations and gather issues to work on as we collectively manage through this difficult time.

March 12, 2020, 3:55 p.m.

The page will provide public information on PJM Interconnection’s policies, procedures and actions taken in connection with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated periodically.

As previously communicated to members, PJM has implemented precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The company continues to closely monitor the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the U.S. State Department and the local health department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, while following its policy as outlined in PJM’s Communicable Disease and Pandemic Preparedness Plan. 

PJM recognizes that these measures have significant impacts to our staff, members and stakeholders. We are dedicated to striking a balance between those impacts and our number one priority – the reliability of the grid. 

Stakeholder Meetings

  • All stakeholder meetings will continue to be conducted via Webex only through Friday, March 27. This measure will be reevaluated weekly.
  • PJM is continuing to discuss the status of the PJM Annual Meeting, which currently is scheduled for May 4–5 in Chicago. PJM will make a conclusive decision on the meeting and report it to members by Friday, April 3.

Employee Travel

  • All business travel for PJM staff – both domestic and international – has been suspended.
  • Employees have been asked to report all personal international travel for themselves or any members of their household and to coordinate through the company’s Human Resources department for guidance or requirements to return to work.

PJM Campus and Operations

  • PJM has suspended all visits to its Valley Forge campus with the exception of essential vendors or business personnel who need to deliver critical items or services.
  • PJM personnel are equipped to work remotely, if necessary, to maintain business continuity.
  • PJM is prepared and able to run and support all market applications from its campus or remotely, as needed. 
  • Employees are being encouraged to work from home or to take time off if they feel ill, or are caring for someone who is ill, and to report any illness to Human Resources. If an employee or household member is at higher risk if they become ill (e.g., pregnant, immunocompromised), they will work with their manager and Human Resources for alternative work arrangements.
  • PJM continues to employ an enhanced cleaning process, including the use of a hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are kept well-stocked throughout the PJM campus.
  • PJM continues to take additional operational measures to ensure grid reliability.

System Operator Seminar

  • PJM has cancelled the first three weeks of the PJM Operator Seminar, which was scheduled to begin in Baltimore on Tuesday, March 10, and will reevaluate the remainder of the class as soon as possible.