NOTICE DATE: April 1, 2022

NOTICE TYPE: M-A040122-01 Legal

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Submission of Unredacted EOPs to ERCOT by Entities Subject to Newly Amended 16 TAC § 25.53

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Resource Entities, Load Serving Entities, and Transmission and/or Distribution Service Providers

DAY AFFECTED: April 15, 2022

LONG DESCRIPTION: The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) recently amended 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 25.53 to implement the requirements of Utilities Code § 186.007, as amended by Senate Bill 3.  The revised rule requires each “entity”—defined to include an electric utility, transmission and distribution utility (TDU), power generation company (PGC), municipally owned utility (MOU), electric cooperative, retail electric provider (REP), and ERCOT—to develop and maintain an emergency operations plan (EOP) that meets certain content requirements established by the amended rule.  The rule became effective March 20, 2022.

Subparagraph (c)(1)(B) of the amended rule requires that, “[f]or an entity with operations within the ERCOT power region, the entity must submit its unredacted EOP in its entirety to ERCOT.”  The PUC has confirmed that EOPs must be submitted to ERCOT by April 15, 2022, which is also the deadline established by the rule for filing the summary of the EOP and a redacted version of the EOP with the PUC. 

To accommodate EOP submissions with large file sizes and to ensure security of these communications, ERCOT requests that each affected Market Participant submit its EOP to ERCOT using the Service Requests application on the Market Information System (MIS) in the manner described in this Market Notice.  Note that this submission method will require the Market Participant’s Digital Certificate holder to be assigned the “MP_ASSETS” role by the Market Participant’s User Security Administrator (USA).  ERCOT strongly encourages each Market Participant to ensure that the Digital Certificate holder who will submit the EOP has been assigned this role well before the April 15 submission deadline. 

An eligible Digital Certificate holder may submit the EOP to ERCOT by logging on to the MIS, accessing the Service Requests application, clicking on “Create Service Request,” clicking on the “plus” sign at the bottom of the Service Request window to enable text entries in the fields, and then completing the request fields as follows (see attached document for visual explanation):

If the EOP is being submitted on behalf of an entity that is also registered with ERCOT as a Resource Entity, and the entity is also intending the submission to satisfy the Resource Entity’s EOP submission obligation under Section 3.21 of the ERCOT Protocols, the entity should also include the following information in the Long Description:

Once the service request has been submitted, the active service request will serve as proof of submission.  Once ERCOT has reviewed the service request and downloaded the EOP, ERCOT will send an email to the submitter confirming receipt.  ERCOT expects that it may take several weeks to process all of the service requests, given the large number of EOPs that will need to be submitted.      

Any future updates to an entity’s EOP may be submitted in this manner unless ERCOT issues a subsequent Market Notice providing otherwise.  ERCOT will also post these instructions on its website.  

Any entity registering with the PUC after the April 15, 2022 submission deadline should submit its EOP to ERCOT using the procedures described above, unless ERCOT issues a subsequent Market Notice providing otherwise.

If a Market Participant determines that submission of the EOP using this Service Request method is not feasible, it should contact its ERCOT Account Manager to inquire about an alternative submission method.

Any entity that is required to submit an EOP to ERCOT but that is not a registered Market Participant with ERCOT may contact ERCOT Client Services for further guidance at [log in to unmask].

ERCOT will regard all unredacted EOPs as Protected Information, as required by 16 TAC § 25.53(c)(1)(C). 

ACTION REQUIRED: Each Market Participant that is required to maintain an EOP pursuant to 16 TAC § 25.53 should submit its EOP to ERCOT by April 15, 2022 using the above procedures. 

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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