NOTICE DATE: May 11, 2020
NOTICE TYPE: M-A030320-05 General
SHORT DESCRIPTION: UPDATE: ERCOT Precautionary Measures in Response to Coronavirus – Visitation Restrictions to all ERCOT Facilities
INTENDED AUDIENCE: All Market Participants, Corporate Members and Visitors
DAYS AFFECTED: March 3, 2020 – Ongoing
LONG DESCRIPTION: ERCOT continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and follow guidance from federal, state, and local health agencies, along with epidemiologist recommendations. As such, ERCOT will continue to restrict visitation on all ERCOT facilities for the foreseeable future.
Last week, ERCOT consulted with Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and TAC Subcommittee leadership to discuss the stakeholder governance process and the duration of remote stakeholder meetings going forward. Due to social distancing guidelines and limited ability to accommodate medium to large stakeholder meetings at ERCOT facilities for the health and safety of such visitors, ERCOT and TAC leadership have determined that all stakeholder meetings will continue to operate remotely for the foreseeable future. To address the long-term effectiveness and potential governance restrictions of remote stakeholder meetings, TAC will be considering appropriate changes to the TAC Procedures at its May 27, 2020 meeting. Additional details will be provided by the TAC Chair and with the TAC informational posting.
Consistent with Market Notice M-A030320-01, ERCOT is taking the following actions to mitigate transmission of COVID-19:
- Instructing ERCOT staff to utilize conference calls, WebEx, Skype, and other technical means for conducting business with external parties; and
- Hosting ERCOT stakeholder meetings via WebEx for the foreseeable future (please refer to the ERCOT calendar for meeting information; email voting will be utilized for necessary business).
- ERCOT Board of Directors (Board) meeting will convene by WebEx only on June 9, 2020 to consider urgent matters that cannot be deferred until the next regularly scheduled Board meeting in August. Board will also have an informational session in connection with summer preparations. Additional meeting details will be provided in the coming weeks.
Once again, the visitation restrictions to all ERCOT facilities is extended and all stakeholder meetings will be WebEx only for the foreseeable future. ERCOT will review these visitor restrictions, including stakeholder meetings, as necessary and send updated Market Notices.
ERCOT appreciates your understanding and requests your partnership during this time.
CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact your ERCOT Account Manager. You may also call the general ERCOT Client Services phone number at (512) 248-3900 or contact ERCOT Client Services via email at ClientServices@ercot.com.
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