AAEOY 2013: Keynote Speaker

The AAEOY is honored to have Mr. H.B. Trip Doggett, president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), as the award banquet keynote speaker on March 2, 2013.

Mr. Doggett will address the importance of diversity in the workplace and the contribution made by Asian Americans in the field of engineering and the sciences. Mr. Doggett will discuss ERCOT's role in the U.S. electricity market as an Independent System Operator (ISO) and the importance of ERCOT to continued Texas success and economic development. He will also discuss the impending challenges facing ERCOT and Texas as the state grows exponentially and the corresponding need to ensure that residents and businesses have reliable electricity.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a membership-based nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. The ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to 23 million Texas customers - representing 85 percent of the state's electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects 40,500 miles of transmission lines and more than 550 generation units.

Mr. Doggett was named president and chief executive officer of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in May 2010. Mr. Doggett had served as interim president and chief operating officer, effective Nov. 2, 2009, and senior vice president and chief operating officer for ERCOT since June 2008, directing system operations, system planning, market operations and compliance.

Mr. Doggett has 29 years experience in the electric power industry, including seven years as an independent consultant in the ERCOT market. He chaired the Texas Nodal Transition Plan Task Force (TPTF) from 2005 to June 2008, and also served as an independent facilitator for the Texas Nodal Team, an ERCOT stakeholder team that developed the ERCOT nodal protocols. Prior to leading the market engagement and readiness team, he was involved in the stakeholder development and implementation of the zonal protocols.

Before coming to ERCOT, Doggett worked 22 years with Duke Energy where he led projects in the area of transmission substation engineering and was part of the team that launched the California Independent System Operator.

Mr. Doggett is a Registered Professional Engineer and earned his bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.