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Emergency Response Service

ERCOT procures Emergency Response Service (ERS) by selecting qualified loads and generators (including aggregations of loads and generators) to make themselves available for deployment in an electric grid emergency. ERS is a valuable emergency service designed to decrease the likelihood of the need for firm Load shedding (a.k.a, rolling blackouts.) Customers meeting ERS criteria may offer to provide the service through their qualified scheduling entities (QSE).

ERCOT procures ERS four times during the ERS calendar year which begins with December and ends in November.  The Standard Contract Terms (SCT) are as follows: December-March, April-May, June-September and October-November.  For each SCT ERCOT procures ERS according to two different response times—thirty minutes ("ERS-30") and ten minutes ("ERS-10").  

ERS is authorized by Public Utility Commission Substantive Rule §25.507.jm

ERS Supporting Information

ERS Offer Disclosure
Report is posted 60 days after the first day of the Standard Contract Term.
ERS Procurement Results
Summary of procurement results for upcoming Standard Contract Term.
ERS Split Deployment Methodology
View split deployment methodology.
Monthly ERCOT Demand Response from ERS
View monthly response from ERS.
ERS Forms and Supporting Documents
Click on link for additional ERS docs, forms and training materials.

December 2021 - March 2022 Standard Contract Term

ERS Procurement Schedule
FINAL-Dec21Mar22
Sep 30, 2021 - docx - 25.5 KB
ERS Technical Requirements
FINAL-Dec21Mar22
Nov 30, 2021 - docx - 96.2 KB
Request for Proposal
Reissuance of RFP to implement directive of Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to increase spending allocated to this Standard Contract Term, and to clarify that ERS procured for this Standard Contract Term may be subject to deployment prior to declaration of Energy Emergency Alert.
Nov 5, 2021 - docx - 133.7 KB

April 2022 - May 2022 Standard Contract Term

Sep 13, 2021 - docx - 23.5 KB
ERS Technical Requirements
DRAFT-AprMay2022
Jan 19, 2022 - docx - 96.8 KB

June 2022 - September 2022 Standard Contract Term

Sep 13, 2021 - docx - 24.4 KB

October 2022 - November 2022 Standard Contract Term

Key Documents

ERS Submission Form
Version 21.1 - Language in NEW ATTESTATION concerning critical loads updated to better align with NPRR 1087.
Dec 10, 2021 - xlsx - 35.5 KB
ERS Submission Form Instructions
Instructions for filling out an ERS Submission Form & Reading Analysis Reports.
Dec 10, 2021 - docx - 107.8 KB
Unavailability Submission Form Instructions
Instructions for filling out Unavailability Submission Form. Effective December 1, 2021
Dec 3, 2021 - docx - 39.5 KB
Unavailability Submission Form
Used to submit notification of Scheduled Unavailability, Unplanned Unavailability, Power Interruptions, Self-Test Schedules and Planned Maintenance and for any subsequent revisions or cancellations of previously submitted notices. Effective December 1, 2021
Dec 3, 2021 - xlsx - 35.7 KB
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