Kenneth Seiler Headshot

"I don’t know what that number will be in the next five years but I will tell you that a lot of the people who are looking to build solar panels and solar farms right now are looking to interconnect at the same exact spot where we have a retired fossil unit."

KENNETH SEILER, VICE PRESIDENT, PJM INTERCONNECTION

The electric grid in in America’s northeast industrial heartland is in the midst of profound transformation. In this episode of Grid Talk, host Marty Rosenberg talks with Kenneth Seiler who is vice president for PJM Interconnection. 

Seiler talks about how the electric system is rapidly evolving with PJM evaluating 2,700 new major grid related projects. 

“We just went through the interconnection reform process to get those most-ready projects out the door.” said Seiler.

There are some difficult challenges to getting new projects connected to the grid.

“There’s a lot of energy being put on this right now to address any number of these issues whether it’s the queue reform and the bottlenecks that we’re experiencing based on the volumes we’ve been seeing; whether it’s supply chain issues; whether it’s the financing; whether it’s local opposition.” 

Within PJM, there are 1,500 generation units touched by the transmission grid. 

“With the amount of renewables that we’re seeing with solar and wind and storage facilities, that number will increase greatly,” Seiler said. 

“I don’t know what that number will be in the next five years but I will tell you that a lot of the people who are looking to build solar panels and solar farms right now are looking to interconnect at the same exact spot where we have a retired fossil unit,” he said.

Kenneth Seiler has been with JPM Interconnection for 23 years. He is responsible for all activities related to resource adequacy, generation interconnection, interregional planning and transmission planning, including the development of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.

Prior to joining PJM, Seiler worked for Metropolitan Edison Company/GPU Energy for nearly 14 years in various operations and engineering roles. Seiler earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College.