As chief executive officer and president of PJM Interconnection, Terry Boston oversees the largest power grid in North America and the world’s largest electricity market. More than 61 million people in 13 states and Washington, D.C. rely on PJM, whose region borders New York City, stretches west far beyond Chicago, and extends to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Boston is leading PJM through a time of unprecedented change. Renewable energy resources such as wind and solar are playing a greater role in meeting energy needs in the PJM network. Even more significantly, coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as new natural gas plants come online in what Boston has described as the world’s largest and fastest fuel transition.
Maintaining the security and reliability of the power grid is more important than ever, which is why PJM partnered with Siemens to create one of the world’s most advanced grid management systems. The Advanced Control Center (AC2) features two fully functional primary control centers located at distant sites that can function independently or jointly to provide uninterrupted grid control in even the most difficult circumstances.
“Reliability is paramount,” Boston emphasizes. “If the lights aren’t on, then nothing we do at PJM matters.”