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Ensuring a Reliable Renewable Energy Transition

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July 30 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

The PJM electrical grid, spanning 13 states and Washington, D.C., has kept the lights on for its customers for nearly a century, and its generation fleet is expecting to undergo an historic transformation to more renewable energy sources. PJM has embraced this transition through its five-year strategy, producing intensive research and analysis on the opportunities and challenges presented by such a seismic shift. Stephen E. Bennett, PJM Sr. Manager, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, will describe PJM’s role as an independent regional transmission organization in identifying challenges to the nonstop delivery of electricity – a concept we refer to simply as “reliability” – and crafting solutions to those challenges amid the ongoing shift to solar, wind and other generators that increasingly rely on renewable energy sources.


Stephen Bennett is the Senior Manager – Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Governmental Services at PJM Interconnection. He is the PJM liaison for Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In this role, he interacts with state utility commissions, executive agencies and legislators on energy policy in the areas of Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) grid reliability, transmission planning, operations and wholesale markets. Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Bennett was the Managing Director at Energy Advocacy, LLC, a consultancy focused on regulatory policy in the retail and wholesale energy markets. Mr. Bennett also held management roles in government affairs for both PPL EnergyPlus and Exelon. Mr. Bennett has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

PJM Interconnection, founded in 1927, ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power
system serving 65 million people in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PJM coordinates and directs the operation of the region’s transmission grid, which includes over 82,000 miles of transmission lines. It administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion. For more information about PJM, visit PJM Inside Lines at insidelines.pjm.com.

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)