Thursday, October 15, 2009

PJM Board Approves Annual Grid Upgrade Plan!!!

As the small group opponents of MAPP tactics of trying to postpone the process by calling for long-term planning for our energy needs, this is what PJM’s purpose is, and that's what they've been doing the whole time. Just another example that this small group in oppsition have no real knowledge of what they are talking about.

Based on the national mandate by Congress to upgrade and incorporate the “Smart Grid” technology into our electrical infrastructural grid, PJM has reaffirmed the need for MAPP, and other transmission upgrades. Even after reviewing all the generation projects on the table they have made their authorization approval.

Construction of the first leg of this electrical grid upgrade, TrAIL, and it is well under way now as we speak. The City of Fairmont WV, an economically depress city that is much like Cambridge is today, has just had a big injection of annual salaried jobs to the tune of $12 Million Per Year because TrAIL opened it’s regional offices in Fairmount.

Kudos to the City of Fairmont, WV for their foresight and recognizing the financial benefits of working together with TrAIL, PATH, and MAPP’s grid upgrade infrastructure!!! You have done well by your citizens!!!

Sadly, the leaders in Dorchester County, MD are still wasting the taxpayers money because they want to keep things as they were 150 years ago, enforcing their "No Growth" mandate. What a sad little group that is trying to force us all to be left behind as the rest of the country and world progresses forward. Now it is happening without their support and someone else will get the high paying and stable jobs with the head office opening in their area. We have a chance with the new MAPP office that has opened in Cambridge. It is now up to us to say that we want to support them.

Please note below:

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The PJM Interconnection Board has authorized an additional $1.4 billion in electric transmission systems additions and upgrades throughout the grid that serves 51 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The upgrades are required to keep electricity flowing and ensure the power supply system meets national standards through 2024.

"There's nothing more essential to our business than planning for and achieving the infrastructure needed to ensure the reliable power supplies consumers expect," said PJM President and CEO Terry Boston. "The upgrades that the Board has approved represent dozens of projects that individually and collectively maintain the reliability of the power system."
The upgrades authorized by the PJM Board since 2000, including the most recent approvals, total more than $14.7 billion in investment. They result from PJM's Regional Transmission Expansion Planning process which evaluates electric transmission changes and needs over a 15-year horizon. This plan allows time to make the necessary infrastructure upgrades and improvements and to adjust to ever changing needs.

The current regional plan reaffirms the need for several major transmission line projects that the board previously had authorized to address power supply problems. These so-called "transmission backbone" projects are:
Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL), 502 Junction to Loudon. Construction is well under way on TrAIL, and it will be in service in 2011. This 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line will run from near the border of Pennsylvania and West Virginia to northern Virginia. .

Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, (PATH), Amos to Kemptown. This 765-kV transmission line will extend about 300 miles from the Amos Substation in West Virginia to the Kemptown Substation in Maryland.
Susquehanna to Roseland. This 500-kV line will run approximately 130 miles from northern Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey.

Mid Atlantic Power Pathway Project (MAPP). This 500-kV line will connect the Possum Point Substation in Virginia to Indian River Substation on the Delmarva Peninsula.
In addition to the studies to determine what transmission additions and upgrades are necessary to ensure reliability, the PJM planning process included 195 studies that evaluated the impact of adding new generation on the system.
Studies of other projects remain underway as PJM continually analyzes regional transmission needs. The PJM Board periodically reviews proposed updates to the regional transmission plan.

PJM Interconnection ensures the reliability of the high-voltage electric power system serving 51 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 6,038 substations and 56,350 miles of transmission lines; administers a competitive wholesale electricity market; and plans regional transmission expansion improvements to maintain grid reliability and relieve congestion.


  1. While the DIIMNYMBY (Dorchester Incestuous Imbeciles of Not In My Back Yard) have been squandering the taxpayers’ money giving lunches and bus rides around the swamp waters of Dorchester making up ridicules stories of how MAPP is going to ruin the beauty of Harriett Tubman’s days as a slave. Pleaseeeeee, give me a break.

    While the DIIMNYMBYs have been pissing away our money, PJM has been reviewing the facts and scenarios of what is truly needed and have approved MAPP’s routes.

    Instead of working and supporting Delmarva Power in what has to be done, the Severely Lacking In Knowledge Leaders of Dorchester are allowing us to be passed by for any financial benefits. This latest group is keeping in step with the decisions that have led this county into being one of the poorest with the highest unemployment in the state. But we do have to keep our Dorchester Traditions. Jokes!!

  2. I have just been told about this site and I find your comments very interesting. Why is our county commissioners and the mayor of Vienna with his daughter who runs the Dorchester tourist board against new high paying jobs coming into our county? Don’t we need the employment in this county? I don’t know what these people must be thinking about.

  3. Johnathon, did you see the statement by Libby Nagle that people in Dorchester County should boycott Ocean City because they support this line? WTF? I'm guessing that there are way more of them then are of us, so don't you think that's an incredibly stupid strategy? Why are they trying to pit every county against Dorchester now? I can't believe our county leaders are promoting this.

  4. DIMNYMBY -- that's a good one! Or DAMNIMBYS!!

  5. I live in Preston and we here in Caroline County remember when the poor decisions of the Dorchester County Commissioners voted and allowed Waste Management to bring out of state garbage into their dump and they had to go through our little town to get there. Truck load after Truck load of garbage from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York came racing through Preston on their way to the private garbage dump. One truck that was so overloaded ran into my friend’s house in Harmony almost killing them. All because Dorchester leaders thought that this was their way to economic development for their county but at the expense of every county in Maryland that was south of the Pennsylvania boarder. Well I have had enough with the poor decisions coming from this backwards county that have affected the rest of the surrounding counties of Talbot and Caroline. I have talked to all of my neighbors and passed on this information site to let our leaders know that WE ARE IN FAVOR OF MAPPS!!! This just seems to me that once again the stupidly of those in Dorchester are at it again trying to bring the rest of us down to their level again.

  6. I have a co-worker who lives in Preston and he told me about this site. I live outside of Easton and I have just read about what is going on in Vienna. I remember the article in the Star Democrat but I did not give it much thought and now I know the whole story that is so different based on with I had read in the paper. Once I read the whole reason for MAPP and how it came about…well I was wondering why the paper was so one sided. Why did the paper not tell both sides of the story? I also started to think about the statement that Eagles would not fly over the power lines. This does not even make sense because I know of Osprey making nests on the top of power poles so I know that Eagles would fly over them. Why are these people lying and do they really think the rest of us would believe them?