Qualified Scheduling Entities

Qualified scheduling entities (QSEs) submit bids and offers on behalf of resource entities (REs) or load serving entities (LSEs) such as retail electric providers (REPs).

Qualified Scheduling Entities

QSEs are able to submit offers to sell and/or bids to buy energy in the Day-Ahead Market and the Real-Time Market. The QSE is also responsible for submitting a Current Operating Plan for all resources it represents and offering or procuring Ancillary Services as needed to serve their represented load. QSEs are responsible for settling financially with ERCOT. For more information on the basics of the Nodal Market, please see the Market Guide.


Parties interested in registering as QSEs in ERCOT should begin by downloading the QSE Qualification Guide posted below. The QSE Application for Registration can be found in Section 23 of the Protocols.

Recommended Training

Please visit the Course Recommendations page to locate the recommended training for QSEs.

Key Documents

Declaration of Subordinate QSEs
Form used by QSE to partition itself into Sub-QSEs
Aug 2, 2016 - docx - 38.5 KB
Jan 7, 2011 - doc - 116 KB
Nov 1, 2023 - docx - 47.2 KB
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