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January 20, 2009

Charles Manning Named Chief Compliance Officer

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, has named Charles B. Manning, Jr., as vice president and chief compliance officer, CEO Bob Kahn announced today.

Manning has 30 years experience in the electric power industry, most recently as chief compliance officer and senior vice president for participant and corporate affairs at MEAG Power in Atlanta, Ga. 

Prior to joining MEAG Power as chief operating officer, Manning served as general manager for Austin Energy from 1998-2002.  During his tenure as general manager, Manning served on the ERCOT Board of Directors representing the municipally owned utilities segment.   

Before joining Austin Energy in 1997 as vice president of power delivery, Manning worked for Florida Power Corporation.  He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

The new position, which reports to Chief Operating Officer H.B. “Trip” Doggett, was created to provide a centralized focus for compliance issues at ERCOT and to interact with the various regulatory agencies including the Texas Regional Entity, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kahn said.  

“We are please to have found someone with Chuck’s experience and history with the ERCOT market to fill this new role,” Kahn said.  “I am confident he will provide valuable leadership for ERCOT as we transition into the new compliance roles required under the Federal Energy Policy Act.” 

Manning is scheduled to begin his new position Feb. 1, 2009. 


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.