The Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has introduced a “strategic management reorganization”.
As a part of the reorganization, Woody Rickerson, beforehand the corporate’s Vice President of System Planning and Weatherization, has been promoted to the newly created place of Senior Vice President and Chief Working Officer, and Kristi Hobbs, beforehand the corporate’s Vice President of Company Technique and PUC Relations, has been named Vice President of System Planning and Weatherization.
In his new place, Rickerson will oversee grid operations, weatherization, planning, and business operations, ERCOT revealed. Hobbs will report back to Rickerson and oversee transmission planning, generator interconnection actions, modeling, and weatherization, the corporate highlighted.
Additionally below the reorganization, Betty Day, the corporate’s Vice President of Safety and Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer, assumed oversight of Enterprise Continuity and Rebecca Zerwas was appointed Director of State Coverage and Public Utility Fee Relations, Board Liaison.
Rickerson has labored at ERCOT, in numerous roles, for greater than 19 years, the corporate’s website highlights. A licensed skilled engineer, he has labored for utilities in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, ERCOT’s website reveals.
Hobbs joined ERCOT in 2002 after serving for 2 years as a Senior Retail Market Analyst for the PUCT, the place she labored with the Fee to implement coverage within the Texas electrical business’s transition to competitors, ERCOT states on its website. Throughout her tenure at ERCOT, Hobbs has served in numerous roles targeted on creating relationships each inner and exterior to the group, the ERCOT website notes.
“These adjustments had been designed to harness the collaborative skills and strengths of our skilled group in supporting the supply of dependable and environment friendly vitality to the tens of millions of Texans that we serve,” Pablo Vegas, ERCOT President and Chief Government Officer, mentioned in an organization assertion.
“As our business faces dynamic adjustments, ERCOT is repeatedly evolving and making the mandatory enhancements to the grid to assist the wants of a rising inhabitants and sturdy financial system. This reorganization permits us to sharpen our concentrate on each day operations whereas implementing our long-term strategic plan,” he added.
Again in June, ERCOT introduced the choice of Linda Capuano to serve on its board of administrators. The corporate described Capuano as an skilled company director and enterprise chief who brings broad business, authorities, and educational expertise to the position, having held management positions in massive and small companies, startups, universities, and inside the U.S. Division of Vitality.
In December 2022, ERCOT named Mark Miner because the group’s new Director of Company Communications and in October 2022, ERCOT introduced the hiring of Robert Black because the group’s new Vice President of Public Affairs.
ERCOT introduced the choice of Pablo Vegas to function its President and CEO in August final yr. He beforehand served as Government Vice President of NiSource and Group President of NiSource Utilities.
In April 2021, ERCOT introduced the choice of Brad Jones to function interim President and CEO and in February 2021, ERCOT introduced the election Sally A. Talberg to function its new Board Chair and Peter Cramton to function Vice-Chair.
ERCOT introduced a string of conservation requests not too long ago.
On August 30, the corporate requested Texans to preserve electrical energy use, if protected to take action, on the identical day from 6pm to 9pm CT.
“On account of a excessive degree of surprising thermal technology outages and forecasted low wind technology, working reserves for ERCOT are anticipated to be low this night,” the corporate famous in an August 30 replace.
On August 29, ERCOT requested Texans to preserve electrical energy use from 5pm to 9pm CT, highlighting that, “on account of a excessive degree of surprising thermal technology outages and forecasted low wind technology”, working reserves for ERCOT had been anticipated to be low within the afternoon and night.
On August 27, ERCOT issued one other conservation discover.
“On account of low wind and potential low photo voltaic technology and excessive demand, working reserves for ERCOT are anticipated to be low within the afternoon and night,” ERCOT mentioned in a press release posted on the identical day.
ERCOT additionally issued a conservation discover on August 26, “on account of low wind and potential low photo voltaic technology and excessive demand” and one other on August 25, “on account of continued low wind-power technology and excessive demand”.
An electrical energy conservation discover was additionally issued on August 24, “on account of low wind-power technology and excessive demand”.
On the time of writing, ERCOT’s website reveals that grid situations are “regular” and notes that “there may be sufficient energy for present demand”.
Rigzone has requested ERCOT if it sees extra conservation requests occurring this summer season. On the time of writing, the corporate has not but responded to Rigzone.
ERCOT manages the circulate of electrical energy to greater than 26 million Texas prospects, representing about 90 p.c of the state’s electrical load, ERCOT notes on its web site.
“Because the unbiased system operator for the area, ERCOT schedules energy on an electrical grid that connects greater than 52,700 miles of transmission strains and 1,100 technology items, together with Personal Use Networks,” the location states.
“It additionally performs monetary settlement for the aggressive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for eight million premises in aggressive selection areas,” it provides.
ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit company, ruled by a board of administrators and topic to oversight by the Public Utility Fee of Texas and the Texas Legislature.
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