We are pleased to introduce Frank Owens, our Director of Compliance, who has recently been elected to the Texas RE 2024-2025 Member Representatives Committee (MRC).
Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (Texas RE) is a Texas 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is the Regional Entity for the area of Texas served by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Through a Delegation Agreement with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Texas RE is authorized to do the following in the ERCOT region:
- Develop, monitor, assess, and enforce compliance with NERC Reliability Standards.
- Develop regional standards.
- Assess and periodically report on the reliability and adequacy of the bulk power system (BPS).
Elevation to the MRC:
The Member Representatives Committee (MRC) serves as a pivotal advisory body, providing guidance on key aspects such as annual budgets, business plans, and funding mechanisms. With two representatives from each sector, the MRC's influence extends to the development of Regional Reliability Standards and Variances, ensuring the reliability of the Bulk Power System (BPS). Frank's election to the MRC for a two-year term starting in 2024 is a testament to his expertise and the trust our organization places in his leadership. As a Member Representative, Frank will actively contribute to discussions that shape the future of Texas RE and the broader energy industry.
The MRC Role:
The MRC represents the interests of Texas RE members, including electric generators, transmission owners, and retail electric providers (REPs). It actively provides input to ERCOT on critical matters affecting grid reliability, such as market rules, planning procedures, and emergency response protocols. The MRC meets at least quarterly, offering insights and recommendations directly to the Board. It holds a vital position in overseeing the development of reliability standards and keeping a close eye on matters pertinent to the purpose and operations of Texas RE. Additionally, the MRC is the gateway for regional stakeholders to participate in NERC standing committees, reinforcing Frank's role as a liaison between our organization and the broader industry.
Mr. Owens joined Rayburn Electric Cooperative in 2018, bringing with him a 43-year career in the utility industry. Throughout his professional journey, he actively participated in various NERC, ERCOT, and Texas RE committees, sub-committees, working groups, and task forces. Within Rayburn, Mr. Owens plays a key leadership role, offering strategic direction to ensure compliance with NERC and FERC standards and regulations. His responsibilities extend to navigating the complexities of ERCOT Nodal Protocols, Operating Guides, and PUCT rules.
Frank's professional history includes roles at Rayburn Electric Cooperative, Cross Texas Transmission, LLC, and Garland Power & Light. His educational pursuits include Computer Science at Eastfield College, a Certificate in Employment Law from Richland College, and a Certificate in Power Principles from Texas A&M University.