Emergency Operations Plans
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) amended 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 25.53 to implement the requirements of Utilities Code § 186.007, as amended by Senate Bill 3. The revised rule requires each “entity”—defined to include an electric utility, transmission and distribution utility (TDU), power generation company (PGC), municipally owned utility (MOU), electric cooperative, retail electric provider (REP), and ERCOT—to develop and maintain an emergency operations plan (EOP) that meets certain content requirements established by the amended rule. The rule became effective March 20, 2022.
Subparagraph (c)(1)(B) of the amended rule requires that, “[f]or an entity with operations within the ERCOT power region, the entity must submit its unredacted EOP in its entirety to ERCOT.” The PUC has confirmed that, for 2022, EOPs must be submitted to ERCOT by April 18, 2022, which is also the deadline for filing the summary of the EOP and a redacted version of the EOP with the PUC.
To accommodate EOP submissions with large file sizes and to ensure security of these communications, ERCOT requests that each affected Market Participant submit its EOP to ERCOT using the Service Requests application on the Market Information System (MIS) in the manner described in this Market Notice.