PJM is a membership organization, meaning that it provides services on a nonprofit basis to customers that are members of PJM. PJM members share the benefits of power pooling (access to electricity resources across a broad geographical region) and competitive wholesale electricity markets. PJM members have a vote in the PJM stakeholder process to work through issues related to PJM operations, markets, planning and other matters.
PJM’s corporate structure works through the interaction of the PJM Board of Managers, member organizations and stakeholders. The PJM Board of Managers in conjunction with the Members Committee ensures independent decision-making and fair and impartial treatment of all PJM members.
PJM committees, task forces and user groups provide ongoing forums for the resolution of issues through discussion and negotiation. Through this collaborative stakeholder process – called the Consensus Based Issue Resolution process – PJM serves as mediator, empowering competitors to reach agreement and move forward.
PJM works closely with state regulatory commissions to identify and respond to various power industry matters. The Organization of PJM States Inc. consists of members from the state commissions in the region PJM serves and acts as a liaison group for PJM and its members.
Compliance with regional and national industry standards also drives PJM’s business. PJM is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The FERC is an independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil as well as hydropower and natural gas projects.
In addition, PJM complies with applicable standards of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the North American Energy Standards Board. PJM provides ongoing communication with its members on the status of compliance and compliance-related activities.