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13 states will need increased electricity production to meet estimated 2040 demands: report

Demand for electricity is expected to increase significantly through 2040, but there are no plans in place to increase electricity production to meet that projection, according to a new report from the PJM Interconnection-affiliated Clean Energy Grid.

PJM coordinates the movement of wholesale energy to 65 million people throughout parts or all of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“A major impediment to grid development is the lack of proactive grid planning.” The report states:“Opposites and skeptics of proactive planning often cite fears of uncertainty and speculation as obstacles to achieving certain and reliable outcomes. However, continuing to plan passively and ignore the massive changes affecting the energy industry will not address these concerns.”

According to PJM Interconnection, more electricity will need to be produced to meet demand in 13 states in 2040.
According to PJM Interconnection, more electricity will need to be produced to meet demand in 13 states in 2040. Christopher Sadowski

The report points to growing electricity demand due to additional clean energy requirements, aging thermal energy generation, electric vehicles, the needs of manufacturing facilities and the rise of data centers.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has led an interstate effort to oppose a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy that could mean two-thirds of all U.S. vehicles would be electric by 2032.

“The Biden Administration’s woke policies are taking dramatic steps to weaken our nation’s electric grid while placing additional strain and demands on it.” Morrissey said While resisting EPA’s demands: “If the war on coal continues, the electric grid will not have the baseload capacity to meet the increased demand from electric vehicles, especially outside of the hours when people are charging them. Yet agencies like EPA continue to ignore the production and distribution challenges that lie ahead if proposals like this are adopted.”

of According to the report: PJM’s 2040 energy demand will be 8% to 18% higher than its 2024 load projections, and PJM will need an additional 623 to 798 terawatt-hours of electricity per year by 2040 to fill the resource gap.

This represents a 76% to 100% increase in annual energy production, “due to higher load growth due to higher electrification rates and an increase in decommissioning of power plants due to shortening plant lifespans.”