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October 19, 2009

Trip Doggett Appointed Interim CEO for ERCOT

The Board of Directors for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of the state, asked Chief Operating Officer H.B. "Trip" Doggett to serve as interim chief executive officer, effective Nov. 2, while a search for a permanent successor is underway. 

"We are extremely pleased that Trip has agreed to serve as interim CEO," Board Chairman Jan Newton announced today.  "Trip is exceptionally well-respected by the ERCOT staff and the market participants for his professional leadership.  He is very familiar with ERCOT, the Texas electric market, and the nodal project so we are confident that he can ensure stable leadership for ERCOT, as well as the nodal project." 

Bob Kahn, who joined ERCOT as CEO in 2007, announced last month that he planned to step down Nov. 1. 

Doggett has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at ERCOT since June 2008. He has more than 29 years experience in the electric power industry, including seven years as an independent consultant in the ERCOT market, providing consulting and project management services related to market participant readiness for a nodal market in Texas.  

He chaired the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force from 2005 to June 2008, and also served as an independent facilitator for the Texas Nodal Team, an ERCOT stakeholder team that developed the ERCOT nodal protocols.  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.

 Kahn said he would be working closely with Trip and the board to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

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ONLINE: H.B. "Trip" Doggett bio

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.