2019 ERCOT Black Start Training

    Overview

     

    2019 Black Start consists of the following courses:

     

    2019 Black Start Fundamentals CBT Black Start Fundamentals is a mandatory Computer Based Training (CBT) course, designed to bridge the gap between generic restoration theory and ERCOT-specific requirements.
    2019 Black Start Training This year’s annual Black Start Training covers applied system restoration principles, incorporating both lecture and simulation components relevant to ERCOT’s system restoration strategy. Current entity-specific Black Start plans will be executed during the simulation exercises allowing participants to perform their expected roles and functions. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to identify the roles of ERCOT, TOPs, QSEs, and Generation Operators.

     

    Continuing Education Hour Information

    A NERC Certified System Operator (NCSO) may receive up to 2 CEHs for the Black Start Fundamentals CBT, which must be completed prior to the on-site training event, and up to 25 CEHs for annual Black Start Training, including 16 simulation CEHs, credited toward maintenance of their NERC System Operator Certificate. All-day attendance and participation is mandatory.

    Prerequisites

    The Black Start Fundamentals CBT must be completed prior to the on-site training event.

    Schedule

     

    Day Time Meals Included
    Black Start Day 1 (Tue) 0700 to 1700 Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
    Black Start Day 2 (Wed) 0700 to 1700 Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
    Black Start Day 3 (Thu) 0700 to 1200 Breakfast, Snacks

     

    Agenda

    Black Start Training, Day 1:
    0630-0700 Breakfast
    0700-0730 Introduction and Communication Protocols
    0730-1100 Stages 0-1-2 Lecture: Fundamentals, Roles, and Responsibilities
    1100-1200 Black Start Plan Reviews and Restoration Strategy Planning
    1200-1300 Lunch
    1300-1645 Stages 0-1: Simulation
    1645-1700 Simulation Debrief

     

    Black Start Training, Day 2:
    0630-0700 Breakfast
    0700-0800 Stages 2-3 Lecture: CFC Dispatch
    0800-1200 Stages 2-3: Simulation
    1200-1300 Lunch
    1300-1400 Stage 3: ERCOT-Coordinated Dispatch
    1400-1645 Stages 2-3: Simulation
    1645-1700 Simulation Debrief

     

    Black Start Training, Day 3:
    0630-0700 Breakfast
    0700-0745 Stage 4 Lecture: Restoration of the BA Function
    0745-0830 Stage 4 Tabletop Exercise: Roles and Responsibilities
    0830-1130 Stage 4: Simulation
    1130-1200 Simulation Debrief and Overall Training Review

     

    Registration Information

     

    Register via Cvent at 2019 ERCOT Black Start Registration.

    Registration Dates Pricing

    December 21, 2018 through January 21, 2019

    $500

    After January 21, 2019

    $550

    Cancellation of registration will not be refunded for any reason.

    Audience

    The 2019 ERCOT Black Start Training is designed primarily for all TDSPs and TOPs as well as QSEs and Generation Operators who have contracted Black Start Resources as well as those who are in support roles that will be affected by a system wide blackout.

    Schedule/Registration

    Course Schedule

    Start Date Duration Location Delivery
    Tue, Feb 26, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Mar 19, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Mar 26, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Apr 02, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Apr 09, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Apr 16, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up
    Tue, Apr 23, 2019 2.5 days ERCOT Taylor
    2705 West Lake Dr
    Taylor, TX 76574
    Instructor Led Sign up

    Early Registration opens December 21, 2018 and ends on January 21, 2019. The cost to attend is $500.

    The fee for registration after January 21, 2019 is $550 per person.  

    The Pilot Session is February 26-28, 2019. It is recommended that critical staff determined by the MP attend the pilot, but registered Authorized Representatives and Backup Authorized Representatives are not required.

    Session Schedule

      Training Date

    Pilot Session

    Feb 26-28

    Session 1

    Mar 19-21

    Session 2

    Mar 26-28

    Session 3

    Apr 02-04

    Session 4

    Apr 09-11

    Session 5

    Apr 16-18

    Session 6

    Apr 23-25

    Bad Weather
    (Make-up Session)

    Apr 30-May 02

    Continuing Education

    The 2019 ERCOT Black Start Training is recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation as an approved learning activity for which NERC CE hours can be awarded, and that the provider adheres to NERC Continuing Education Program criteria.

    NERC continuing education hours are available for this class. If you are a NERC certificate holder and complete the criteria requirements for the Black Start Fundamentals CBT, you may be awarded up to 2 CE hours in the category of Operating Topics. If you are a NERC certificate holder and complete the criteria requirements for the Annual Black Start Training you will be awarded 25 CE hours in the category of Operating Topics as well as 16 hours of Emergency Operations Simulation.

    Materials