Climate Clips: Data centers, EVs drive PJM’s long-term load growth forecast, but it expects some utilities to see declines

The PJM Interconnection expects its summer and winter peak load will grow by 0.4% and 0.7% a year, respectively, over the next decade. Nearly all the anticipated growth is driven by expectations for new data centers in Dominion Energy’s service territory and plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) across PJM’s footprint.

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