News Release

December 08, 2020

ERCOT honors outgoing Board members, announces new members

AUSTIN, TX, Dec. 8, 2020 – Today marked the end of an era for outgoing ERCOT Board Members Craven Crowell, Judy Walsh and Karl Pfirrmann, who completed their final terms on ERCOT’s Board of Directors during this morning’s year-end Board meeting.

All three began their first three-year terms as Unaffiliated Directors on Jan. 1, 2012, and were subsequently re-elected and approved for two additional three-year terms. Crowell served as Board Chairman during his entire tenure on the Board, and Walsh served as Vice Chair for her three terms. Pfirrmann served as Chairman of the Human Resources and Governance Committee.

"We would like to thank Craven, Judy and Karl for their unwavering commitment to the success of the ERCOT market over the past nine years," said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. "They have been invaluable in helping us advance the ERCOT system through a robust stakeholder process."

"It has been an honor to serve as ERCOT Board Chairman," said outgoing Chairman Craven Crowell. "ERCOT has some of the brightest people in this industry, and I’m sincerely going to miss working with them. I have always been impressed with ERCOT’s unique market structure and its ability to facilitate a competitive marketplace for all Market Participants."

"I would also like to thank my fellow Board Members and the PUC Commissioners, both past and present, for their support and encouragement over the years," said Crowell.

Crowell, Walsh and Pfirrman were each presented with resolutions drafted by the Texas Senate Committee of Business and Commerce along with flags that were flown over the Texas Capitol in recognition of their service to Texas and the energy industry.

ERCOT has successfully identified three new Unaffiliated Board Members to replace the outgoing members. ERCOT’s Nominating Committee selected Sally Talberg, Raymond Hepper and Craig Ivey to fill the positions. Talberg and Hepper were approved by ERCOT’s Corporate Members and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) earlier this year, and will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2021. The Corporate Members approved Ivey during today’s Annual Membership Meeting, and his confirmation is pending final approval from the PUC.

Talberg most recently served as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) through July 2020, and will remain a MPSC Commissioner through the end of the year. Hepper retired in 2018 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ISO New England, and Ivey retired from his position as president of Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) in 2017.

The ERCOT Board and Committees (Finance and Audit, Human Resources and Governance and Nominating) will nominate and elect their respective Chairs and Vice Chairs in February 2021. Per ERCOT Bylaws, the Board Chair and Vice Chair must be Unaffiliated Directors.


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 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 710+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for nearly 8 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.