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Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (Texas RE) is a Texas 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is the Regional Entity for the area of Texas served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Through a Delegation Agreement with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Texas RE is authorized to do the following in the ERCOT region:

  • Develop, monitor, assess, and enforce compliance with NERC Reliability Standards.
  • Develop regional standards.
  • Assess and periodically report on the reliability and adequacy of the bulk power system (BPS).

In addition, Texas RE is authorized by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), and is permitted by NERC, to serve as the PUCT’s Reliability Monitor.

Texas RE is independent of all users, owners, and operators of the BPS.

Mission

To ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in the ERCOT Interconnection.

Vision

To preserve and enhance the highly reliable operation of the bulk power system within the ERCOT Interconnection through effective collaboration, cooperation, and communication with the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) Enterprise, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and industry stakeholders.

Purpose

To monitor and enforce compliance with reliability standards for NERC, identify and evaluate risks to reliability, develop regional standards, and monitor and report on compliance with the ERCOT Protocols.

The Texas RE Board of Directors manages Texas RE's business affairs in accordance with the Texas RE Bylaws. The Board selects Texas RE's chief executive officer, sets overall goals and policy direction, and approves the Texas RE budget and operations. The nine-member Board consists of:

  • 4 Independent Directors
  • 2 Affiliated Directors (Chair and Vice Chair of the Member Representatives Committee)
  • Texas RE CEO
  • Public Utility Chairman or Designee, as a non-voting ex officio member
  • Office of Public Utility Counsel Public Counsel, as a non-voting ex officio member

To sign up to receive information on the Board of Directors and Board meetings, please visit Texas RE Mailing Lists.

Board meetings, except for executive sessions, are open to the public.

List of Current Board of Directors

In this section, read about the Texas RE Board of Directors.

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Audit, Governance, and Finance Committee

Chair: Fred Day

The Audit, Governance, and Finance Committee is comprised of the four Independent Directors. The Committee provides assistance to the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibility and makes recommendations relating to audit, budget, finance, and governance matters.

Documents

In this section, read about the Texas RE executive team.

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Texas RE is a member-based organization and welcomes new members!

Members vote to approve the Texas RE Bylaws and the Independent Directors for the Board of Directors. There is no cost to be a member of Texas RE.

The list of current members is posted by Sector below.

Applications and Renewals

Texas RE conducts its annual Membership enrollment and renewal in the fall. The membership term runs November 1 through October 31 of the following year. Sector elections for the Member Representatives Committee (MRC) and for any Membership votes regarding Independent Directors or changes to the Texas RE Bylaws occur following the enrollment and renewal period, prior to the annual Membership meeting held in December.

Guidelines and Requirements for Membership

Each qualifying entity may be registered in only one Sector. A company or entity that is an affiliate of a member may hold a separate membership in a different Sector if the companies are separate legal entities.

If your organization is interested in joining Texas RE as a member, please complete and submit the Membership Application, as follows:

  1. Complete the Membership Application (attached below). Complete the form without altering the form or email in any other way;
  2. Send the completed Membership Application to Texas RE at Texas RE Information; and
  3. After your Membership Application is received, you will be sent a Membership Agreement for review and signature.

By sending the completed Membership Application to Texas RE, you confirm for your organization that it is registered in the category represented and it agrees to abide by the requirements of the Texas RE Bylaws.

Membership Sectors

According to the Texas RE Bylaws, the Membership Sectors are as follows:

  • System Coordination and Planning: An entity that is registered with NERC as a Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authority (BA), Planning Authority (PA), Resource Planner (RP), or Interchange Authority (IA).
  • Transmission and Distribution: An entity that is registered with NERC as a transmission Owner (TO), Transmission Planner (TP), Transmission Service Provider (TSP), Distribution Provider (DP), and/or Transmission Operator (TOP) and is not a Cooperative or Municipal Utility.
  • Cooperative: Cooperative utilities as defined in Article III, Section 4 of the Bylaws.
  • Municipal Utility: Municipally owned utility as defined in PURA §11.003 and is registered with NERC for at least one reliability function.
  • Generation: An entity that is registered with NERC as a Generator Owner (GO) or Generator Operator (GOP).
  • Load Serving and Marketing: An entity that secures wholesale transmission service or is engaged in the activity of buying and selling of wholesale electric power in the ERCOT region on a physical or financial basis, or qualifies under any newly defined NERC reliability function for demand response.

Documents

    2017 Public Membership List         

Member Representatives Committee

2016-2017 Chair: Brenda Hampton
2016-2017 Vice Chair: Liz Jones
Texas RE Facilitator: External Relations Manager

The Member Representatives Committee (MRC) is comprised of 11 representatives, two from each Sector except Sectors with only one corporate member. The MRC provides advice and recommendations to the Texas RE Board of Directors with respect to annual budgets, business plans and funding mechanisms of Texas RE, matters relevant to the reliability of the BPS and any other matters pertinent to the purpose and operations of Texas RE.

The MRC provides its advice directly to the Board through the Chair and Vice Chair, who serve as the Affiliated Directors on the Texas RE Board. The MRC meets at least quarterly, before the regular Board meetings but may schedule additional meetings as needed.

The MRC conducts the nomination process for Regional Entity appointments to the NERC standing committees. For the process and nomination forms, please see the documents posted below.

To sign up to receive information on the MRC and MRC meetings, please visit Texas RE Mailing Lists.

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Texas RE operates under an Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Corporate Policy that requires Texas RE employees, officers, consultants and Board Directors to perform job, engagement, and board services, ethically, with integrity, and to refrain from situations where they have any conflict of interest. Texas RE personnel are also required to comply with Texas RE’s Confidentiality and Information Classification Corporate Policy, and with the Corporate Governance and Authority Corporate Policy, which requires personnel to comply with all applicable: (1) Federal and state laws; (2) NERC Rules of Procedure and NERC Reliability Standards; (3) FERC rules and regulations; and so long as Texas RE performs non-statutory activities, PUCT rules and regulations.

As part of Texas RE’s commitment to uphold its principles of business conduct, all Board Directors, employees, and contractors sign an ethics agreement that requires them to conduct Texas RE’s business legally, with integrity and total objectivity, and in compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, and NERC and Texas RE policies and procedures. The agreement specifically requires that all Texas RE personnel (1) maintain confidentiality of registered entity and market participant confidential information in accordance with the NERC Rules of Procedure and the ERCOT Protocols, and (2) disclose any possible conflicts of interest. Employees and contractors must sign and reaffirm the Texas RE Ethics Agreement annually, reinforcing Texas RE’s commitment to integrity and ethical business operations.

Texas RE requests that it be promptly notified of any ethics or confidentiality violations by Texas RE personnel. Anyone who has suspicions of any violation of the Texas RE Ethics Agreement may provide notification through the organizational chain of command, to the Texas RE Legal Department, or through Texas RE’s confidential third-party reporting service, Compliance Hotline. The Compliance Hotline may also be used to report a possible violation of a NERC Reliability Standard or ERCOT Protocol by any entity.

You may submit a report through the Ethics and Compliance Hotline or by calling 1-888-242-6340. Reporting parties may choose to remain anonymous.

Texas RE has an important responsibility to support and enhance reliability across the ERCOT region by encouraging a culture of compliance among all users, owners, and operators of the BPS. To that end, Texas RE is always mindful of the importance of maintaining high standards of ethical and professional conduct.

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Texas RE has adopted and enforces Antitrust Guidelines. Questions regarding antitrust issues should be directed to the Texas RE General Counsel.

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    Antitrust Guidelines    

The eight Regional Entities are committed to ensuring and promoting consistency across the ERO. This tool was created as a way to assist the Regional Entities in their efforts to improve consistency across the ERO.

The purpose of the Regional Consistency Reporting Tool is to create an open channel of communication for relevant industry stakeholders to report any perceived inconsistencies between two or more Regional Entities or perceived inconsistencies with applicable published processes, procedures, or rules. Once reports are made, representatives from the primary Region are assigned to the report. They will review the identified issues and address any actual inconsistencies. Consistency will be viewed in light of the use of common methods, practices and tools such that the outcomes are fair, reasonable, and without bias - not necessarily identical.

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