News Release

    September 18, 2012

    ERCOT offers opportunity to peek behind the curtain

    TAYLOR, TX, Sept. 18, 2012 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, will open the doors of its primary control center to interested neighbors on Monday, Oct. 8.

    The public is invited to participate in one of four guided tours, beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours will include a presentation about ERCOT’s role in the Texas electric market and a guided, narrated view of the control room where ERCOT monitors and manages electric grid operations in most of Texas. Groups are limited to 50 participants, and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    "At ERCOT, we value our relationships with surrounding communities and appreciate the support we continue to receive from our neighbors," said ERCOT CEO H.B. "Trip" Doggett. "Last year, we provided the first one-day open house to offer visitors a chance to see what we do at this control center to maintain grid reliability throughout the year all over the ERCOT region."

    For security reasons, pre-registration is required prior to entry on ERCOT premises. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate. Guided tours will begin at the security check-in area.

    800 Airport Road, Taylor, Texas Map
    Enter at the south building’s parking lot, and follow signs to the main entrance.

    Online registration
    Go to All fields must be completed to ensure registration.

    Telephone registration
    Contact Jim Rudd or Craig Dillon at (512) 248-3900, option 2.

    Security requirements
    Only pre-registered participants will be admitted on the ERCOT premises. Government-issued photo identification will be required upon arrival. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time.


    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 570+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 7 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.