AUSTIN, Texas — Texas A&M alum William H. "Bill" Flores is officially ERCOT'S new vice chair, ERCOT's Board Selection Committee announced Monday.
ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas) operates Texas's electrical grid, supplying power to more than 25 million Texas customers.
Flores just finished a decade-long term as the U.S. representative for the 17th Congressional District of Texas.
Flores is also a Texas licensed CPA who completed his undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas A&M. He earned his MBA from Houston Baptist University.
Also joining ERCOT's board committee are Zin Smati and Elaine Mendoza. Mendoza currently serves on the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System.
Over 4.5 million Texans were without power at one point during Winter Storm Uri, according to The Texas Tribune.
A total of five board members, including the chair, resigned after facing public criticism for residing outside of Texas following said incident.
“Our hearts go out to all Texans who have had to go without electricity, heat, and water during the frigid temperatures and continue to face the tragic consequences of this emergency," said board members Talberg, Cramton, Bulger and Hepper in a joint resignation letter.
The resigning board members also stated their decision was based on, "...what is best for ERCOT and for Texas."
ERCOT is still looking to fill three board member openings.
Texans interested in applying or learning more about the position itself may contact ERCOT's search firm at ERCOTBoard@heidrick.com.
The new ERCOT members will begin their terms starting at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2021.
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