CEO of Texas power grid manager will retire next year

H.B. “Trip” Doggett will retire next year as CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state power grid, the agency said Tuesday.

Doggett, an electrical engineer who formerly worked with power generator and natural gas utility Duke Energy, joined ERCOT as chief operating officer in 2008 and was named president and CEO two years later.

ERCOT Board Chair Craven Crowell said in a news release that the agency will consider internal candidates to succeed Doggett before deciding whether to conduct an outside search.

Doggett did not give a specific date for his departure, spokeswoman ERCOT spokeswoman Robbie Searcy said, and will focus on ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership.

ERCOT manages the deregulated portion of the state grid, which is most of it outside some municipal monopolies, serving 24 million Texas residents.