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Report Says Interconnection Delays in PJM Threaten State Renewable Goals  

A new report issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council argues that PJM’s plans to speed up the queue for new generation projects will likely be insufficient for states committed to renewable portfolio standard requirements. 

The report, Waiting Game: How the Interconnection Queue Threatens Renewable Development in PJM, states that even under ongoing reform proposals, the pace of renewable development in PJM “just barely meets minimum clean energy demands of state RPS laws through 2027. The proposed reforms are very unlikely to meet total regional demand for new renewable generation through 2030.”  

As of September 2022, there were over 202 gigawatts of renewable energy resources waiting in the PJM queue, over 95% of the total queue. The Princeton ZERO Lab predicts that PJM will see an additional 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects enter the queue annually going forward.  

This new analysis shows that the proposed timeline for “clearing” the backlog before the new, more efficient processing system takes effect will be necessary to make renewables available on pace with states’ RPS goals, NRDC said.  

Without imports, the report predicts that states with an RPS will fall short of RPS requirements through 2025. In 2028, renewables will reach only approximately two-thirds of the total renewable potential under the Inflation Reduction Act projected by the Princeton Net ZERO Lab.  

In 2022 FERC approved a PJM plan to revamp their interconnection backlog and begin reviewing multiple projects at once. PJM expects this new approach to accelerate its process. However, this new process is not expected to begin until 2026, according to NRDC.