07/13/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/13/2021 07:27
Comprehensive operations changes already underway
AUSTIN, TX, July 13, 2021 - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has delivered the 'Roadmap to Improving Grid Reliability' to Governor Greg Abbott, members of the Texas Legislature and the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The Roadmap is a comprehensive plan that addresses operational improvements to the Texas power grid, including important legislative changes, objectives outlined in the Governor's letter issued July 6 and other reforms.
'Change is required for ERCOT to continue to reliably serve the millions of customers and businesses that depend on us,' said ERCOT Interim President and CEO Brad Jones. 'We have extensively reviewed our processes to better serve Texans and will continue to work very closely with the PUC to ensure we're aligned in these efforts. These changes will benefit all Texans and support continued economic growth for the state of Texas.'
The 60-item Roadmap is available on ERCOT.com and will be updated regularly through the end of the year.
'ERCOT's Roadmap puts a clear focus on protecting customers while also ensuring that Texas maintains free market incentives to bring new generation to the state,' said PUC Chairman and ERCOT Board Member Peter Lake. 'Texans deserve a more reliable grid, and we're aggressively moving to make that a reality.'
The roadmap includes both existing and new initiatives, including:
In developing the Roadmap, Jones and the ERCOT team worked with the PUC, customers, former regulators, retired industry executives, environmental advocates and market participants to ensure all areas for improvement were considered and included.
ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.