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 decreases the likelihood of system-wide load shedding by paying qualified scheduling entities (QSE) to make arrangements with residential, commercial and industrial participants to either reduce consumption or increase generation across the grid when called upon by ERCOT. These participants are required to provide an agreed-upon amount of megawatts (MW) within ten to thirty minutes to help prevent or alleviate an actual or anticipated Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) event.

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.

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.

June 2023 - September 2023 Standard Contract Term

May 17, 2023 - docx - 25.8 KB
May 17, 2023 - docx - 97.5 KB
Apr 14, 2023 - docx - 83.2 KB

October 2023 - November 2023 Standard Contract Term

Request For Proposal
Aug 2, 2023 - docx - 84.8 KB
ERS Procurement Schedule
Dec 15, 2022 - docx - 25.6 KB
Jul 26, 2023 - docx - 98.7 KB

December 2023 - March 2024 Standard Contract Term

Sep 20, 2023 - docx - 98.5 KB
Aug 10, 2023 - docx - 27.1 KB

April 2024 - May 2024 Standard Contract Term

Aug 10, 2023 - docx - 24.9 KB

Key Documents

Sep 14, 2023 - docx - 35.7 KB
Emergency Response Service Procurement Methodology
This document describes the mechanism for procuring Emergency Response Service (ERS).
Sep 15, 2023 - zip - 1.2 MB
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 Unplanned Unavailability and Power Interruptions and for any subsequent revisions or cancellations of previously submitted notices.
Dec 3, 2021 - xlsx - 35.7 KB
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