Association Webinars: What has ERCOT learned (so far) in 2021?



Following the attention-grabbing freeze in February and with the summer peak relegated to history, the independent operator of much of the Texas power grid must grapple with competing and often strongly divergent views for the future, not least planning the next seasonal load. We highlight the major issues, tease out nuances and draw inferences for electric power systems everywhere from the Texas market experience.

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Michelle Michot Foss conducts research to help build capacity on non-fuel minerals supply chains for energy including materials for batteries and other technologies. She has nearly 40 years of experience in senior positions in energy and environmental research, consulting and investment banking with early career exposure to mining and mined land reclamation. She is past president of USAEE, IAEE and a USAEE Senior Fellow.


Brett A. Perlman serves as the CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, a nonprofit organization working to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region.

His career has spanned senior positions in business, government and community service organizations.

Perlman served for four years as a Commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where he was appointed in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush.

He holds advanced degrees in public policy from Harvard University and in law from the University of Texas, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.

Energy infrastructure developer Pat Wood, III has a long career in energy. He is the past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. In his regulatory career in the natural gas, transportation, telecommunications and electric power industries, Wood was a forceful advocate for competitive, well-monitored markets and robust infrastructure investment. He is best-known for his role in building the Texas competitive power industry and in expanding organized wholesale power and natural gas markets across the United States.

Today, as CEO of the Hunt Energy Network, Wood and his team are focused on power storage infrastructure. Wood is also a director of SunPower, Quanta Services and Spring Valley Acquisition Corp.

Wood holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He serves on the Executive Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four sons, and they are proud to call Houston home.

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Event Date: August 30, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: What has ERCOT learned (so far) in 2021?

Moderator: Michelle Michot Foss

Speakers: Brett Perlman and Pat Wood

Price: FREE

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