|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2001
For More Information, Please Contact:
Chrys Wilson, Manager
Office of External Relations
The Maryland Public Service has submitted a filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission supporting amendments proposed by the PJM Interconnection to the Reliability Assurance Agreement among utilities serving customers in the mid-Atlantic region. The PSC urges FERC to act prior to the commencement of the summer season.
The amendments are designed to increase reliability this summer by requiring generation owners to commit their generation resources to the region for the summer or face penalties. Currently generation owners can withdraw from the mid-Atlantic market on a daily basis to pursue higher rates from outside the region. This practice has been identified by the PJM Interconnection's market monitoring unit as a threat to reliability.
In addition, the Public Service Commission is holding a public meeting on summer reliability on May 4, 2001 at the Commission's offices. Comments will be received from the PJM Interconnection and utilities concerning their state of preparedness for this summer to assure Maryland customers of the maintenance of service reliability.