PJM Interconnection LLC has issued a Level One Energy Emergency Alert for Thursday, July 27, calling on all power plants in a 13-state region to operate at full capacity during an intense heat wave.
As consumers and businesses turn up their air conditioning to combat the heat, the Emergency Alert will ensure the power plants produce enough electricity to prevent power disruptions to the grid’s more than 65 million customers. Customers have also been asked to prepare to reduce their energy consumption levels to help keep the power supply stable.
PJM also issued a notice stating that any power suppliers who fail to follow their directives may face stiff penalties.
PJM International is a regional transmission organization in charge of coordinating the Eastern United States’ high-voltage electricity grid, which supplies power to 13 states, including Illinois, New Jersey, and Tennessee, as well as the District of Columbia.