ERCOT publishes financial audit material

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has just published its audited financial data for 2012 and 2011 and the report of independent auditor Ernst & Young.

“In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of ERCOT as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles,” according to Ernst & Young.

The document was dated May 20 and posted on the ERCOT website May 21.

ERCOT is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. Since July 31, 2001, ERCOT has also functioned as the independent system operator for its reliability region which comprises about 85% of the electrical load in Texas.

The ERCOT region has approximately 84,000 MW of installed generating capacity, including approximately 73,600 MW of available capacity.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has primary jurisdictional authority over ERCOT which is responsible for ensuring the adequacy and reliability of electricity across the state’s main interconnected power grid and for operating and settling the electricity markets it administers.

ERCOT is considered “intrastate” and does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) except for reliability issues under the provisions of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005.

ERCOT is governed by a board of directors composed of 16 members. One board member is selected from each of the following market participant groups: retail electric providers, independent generators, independent power marketers, investor-owned utilities, municipal owned utilities, and electric cooperatives. The remaining ten seats on the Board are filled by three consumer representatives, five unaffiliated Board members, the Chair of the PUCT and ERCOT’s CEO.


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