NOTICE DATE: February 1, 2024

NOTICE TYPE: M-B020124-01 Financial/Credit

SHORT DESCRIPTION:  Independent Amount must be posted by all Counter-Parties as of April 1, 2024

INTENDED AUDIENCE: All Market Participants

LONG DESCRIPTION: NPRR 1165, Revisions to Requirements of Providing Audited Financial Statements and Providing Independent Amount, made changes to ERCOT Protocol Sections 16.2.1, 16.11, 16.11.5, 16.11.7, 16.16.1, 16.16.2, 16.16.3, and 16.17. Those changes were approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on October 12, 2023.  Part of those changes, which will become effective April 1, 2024, require that all Counter-Parties post an Independent Amount. For a Counter-Party seeking authorization to participate or participating in all ERCOT Markets, the Independent Amount required will be $500,000; for all Counter-Parties seeking authorization to participate or participating in all ERCOT Markets except for the Congestion Revenue Rights Market, the Independent Amount required will be $200,000.  Those amounts must be posted on or before April 1, 2024.  For directions on how to post those amounts, please consult ERCOT Credit at [log in to unmask] Further, the financial statements of a Guarantor are no longer acceptable as of April 1, 2024 to prove creditworthiness; only those financial statements of the Counter-Party itself or the Ultimate Parent of the Counter-Party are sufficient. Therefore, for annual audited financial statements for 2023, which are due April 29, 2024, ERCOT will not be accepting financial statements of a Counter-Party‚Äôs Guarantor.

ACTION REQUIRED: All Counter-Parties should ensure that they have the correct Independent Amount posted by April 1, 2024.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact ERCOT Credit at [log in to unmask] " href="mailto:[log in to unmask]" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[log in to unmask] Market Participants may also contact their ERCOT Account Manager or ERCOT Client Services at (512) 248-3900 and [log in to unmask].

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