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April 18, 2008

Trip Doggett Named Chief Operating Officer at ERCOT

(AUSTIN – April 18, 2008) – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, has named H.B. “Trip” Doggett as chief operating officer, CEO Bob Kahn announced today. 

Doggett is currently providing consulting and project management services to ERCOT related to market participant readiness for implementation of a nodal market in Texas.  He served as an independent facilitator for the Texas Nodal Team, an ERCOT stakeholder team that developed the ERCOT nodal protocols, and has chaired the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force (TPTF) since 2005.   

As chief operating officer, Doggett will direct system operations, system planning, market operations and compliance.  He is scheduled to begin his new position June 1, 2008, pending confirmation from the Board of Directors at the May meeting.  His selection follows a nationwide search by Korn/Ferry International. 

“Trip Doggett is highly respected by ERCOT staff and the market participants for his professional leadership and knowledge of ERCOT and the Texas electric market,” Kahn said.  “He has worked closely with ERCOT since before the opening of the current zonal market and played a critical role in preparations for the upcoming nodal market.  We will work together to assure a smooth transition for leadership of the market readiness portion of the nodal project and the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force.” 

Doggett has 28 years experience in the electric power industry, including the last seven years as an independent consultant in the ERCOT market.  Prior to leading the market engagement and readiness team, he was involved in the stakeholder development and implementation of the zonal protocols. 

Before coming to ERCOT, Doggett worked 22 years with Duke Energy where he led projects in the area of transmission substation engineering and was part of the team that launched the California Independent System Operator.  

Doggett is a Registered Professional Engineer and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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.