NOTICE DATE:  February 24, 2016

NOTICE TYPE:  W-A022416-01 Operations

SHORT DESCRIPTION:  ERCOT 2016 Severe Weather Hurricane Drill

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  QSEs with Resources, Transmission Operators and other interested Market Participants

DAY AFFECTED:  See table below

LONG DESCRIPTION:  The annual “Severe Weather Drill” as required by the ERCOT Nodal Operating Guide, Section 1.5.4, will be conducted June 21 – 22, 2016. All Transmission Operators (TOs) and Qualified Scheduling Entities (QSEs) that represent Generation Resources are required to participate in the severe weather drill.

This year’s Drill will simulate the path and intensity of the 1942 Matagorda Hurricane with winds reaching 115 MPH during its peak. The hurricane weakened from a Cat. 3 to Cat. 1 before hitting landfall just after midnight on August 30, 1942 near Matagorda, TX. This year’s drill will also reference the storm track of Tropical Storm Bill in 2015 where significant flooding had occurred in and around Houston, Galveston, Alice and San Antonio. Below is a timeline of events and due dates

Severe Weather Hurricane Drill Timeline of Events

March 18, 2016

Operations Drill Participants’ confirmations due back to ERCOT

June 14, 2016

Drill Conference Call (14:00)

June 21 – 22, 2016

Drill Days (07:30 – 16:30)

June 30, 2016

Drill Participants’ Critique responses due back to ERCOT

June 28 – 29 2016

Backup Drill days


Other interested Market Participants are invited to participate in the emergency communications drill which runs simultaneously with the operations drill. ERCOT Corporate Communications will conduct an email-only drill which simulates crisis notification. Participants are welcome to simulate the use of their own internal emergency plans. RSVP to Robbie Searcy ([log in to unmask]) by April 4, 2016, if you would like to participate in the communications portion of the annual drill.

ACTION REQUIRED:  QSEs that represent Generation Resources and Transmission Operators are to confirm their participation by sending an email to John Jarmon ([log in to unmask]) by March 18, 2016, that includes the following required information:

·         The phone number of the site from which you intend to run your Drill. These numbers will be assembled into one phone list to be used by all Drill participants, in order to facilitate inter-communication.

·         A copy of your training plan. Your plan will be forwarded to the Texas Reliability Entity (TRE).

Operations staffs of other Market Participants are welcome to email John Jarmon ([log in to unmask]) to participate with ERCOT Operations in Hot Line calls.

For compliance purposes, it will be necessary for you to document your company’s participation. Your company is required to develop its own additional in-house Drill scenarios, which should include coordination and participation with neighboring TOs and QSEs. Companies should also conduct a post-mortem critique immediately following the Drill and apply this time toward ERCOT’s 32-hour reliability training requirement. Please note that ERCOT will not be able to issue NERC Continuing Education Hours for this Drill.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The attached files contain the 2016 Hurricane Drill Invitation, Drill Script (TO), Drill Script (QSE), Storm Track and related data, Drill Outage Spreadsheet, Drill Event Spreadsheet and Drill Critique.

CONTACT:  If you have any 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].

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