NOTICE DATE:  November 3, 2014
NOTICE TYPE:  M-B110314-01 Education/Training
SHORT DESCRIPTION:  2015 ERCOT Black Start Training
INTENDED AUDIENCE:  TDSPs, Black Start and Next Start QSEs and Resources
DAY AFFECTED:  Registration available November 14, 2014 - December 12, 2014
LONG DESCRIPTION:  ERCOT will host the 2015 ERCOT Black Start Training in Taylor, TX beginning February 3 - 5, 2015.
There will be 6 training sessions scheduled, and each session will be three days with a half day the first day, full day the second and one half day on the third. . The first day will start at 01:00 and end at 17:00 covering Black Start theory and the responsibilities of each entity involved in the restoration process, as well as, simulation training and two hours of real simulation. The second day will start at 07:00 and last until 17:00 and the third day will begin at 07:00 and end at 14:00. These two days will focus on simulating the restoration of the ERCOT System. There is also a dry run scheduled for January 13 - 15, 2015. Dry Run session should be attended by trainers, managers and designated required representatives exclusively.
*Registration information will follow in a Market Notice within the next two weeks.
For completion of the three day training session, 19 NERC approved Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) will be awarded. Seventeen (17) of the CEHs will count towards the ERCOT /Simulation requirement.
ERCOT requests participation from all Transmission Operators (TOPs) and Generator Operator (GOP) operations personnel from resources identified in a Transmission Operator's Black Start plan.
Space in each Black Start Training Session is limited. ALL interested GOs must contact Don Oatman at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> for approval to register.
Session                                             Training Date
Dry Run*                                           January 13-15, 2015
Session 1                                          February 3-5, 2015
Session 2                                          February 10-12, 2015
Session 3                                          February 17-19, 2015
Session 4                                          February 24-26, 2015
Session 5                                          March 3-5, 2015
Session 6                                          March 10-12, 2015
Special Session**                            March 17-19, 2015
Bad Weather                                     March 24-26, 2015

*Dry Run session should be attended by managers and designated required representatives exclusively.
**Special Session is reserved for previous attendees of the 2015 Black Start training only. The goal of the special session is to determine a total system restoration time using the best of the previous sessions as a starting point.
CONTACT:  For questions regarding Black Start Training, please contact Stacy J Wozny at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or (512) 248-4260.  If you have any further questions, please contact your ERCOT Account Manager. You may also call the general ERCOT Client Services phone number at (512) 248-3900 or contact ERCOT Client Services via email at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
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