RRC Updates FAQ on Critical Designation of Natural Gas Infrastructure Forms

February 04, 2022

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has updated the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Critical Designation of Natural Gas Infrastructure forms.

Two questions and answers have been added based on customer questions received.

  1. Do I still need to complete ERCOT’s Application for Critical Load Serving Electric Generation and Cogeneration and file it with my electric service provider(s) now that Rule 3.65 is in effect?

No.  ERCOT has pulled the form from its website, and PUCT has confirmed to the Commission that critical natural gas infrastructure no longer needs to utilize the form.  

  1. Do I need to send my Form CI-D and CI-D Attachment to ERCOT in addition to sending it to my electric utilities?

Yes.  Tex. Util. Code § 38.074(b)(1) requires the PUCT to adopt rules that ensure critical customer information is provided to ERCOT in addition to electric utilities. The Commission’s Rule 3.65 references that requirement (as well as the corresponding PUCT rule 16 Tex. Admin. Code §25.52(h)) in subsection 3.65(b)(2) as follows: “A critical customer is required to provide critical customer information pursuant to subsection (g) of this section to the electric entities described in §25.52(h) of this title (relating to Reliability and Continuity of Service) and Texas Utilities Code §38.074(b)(1)…” Additionally, the PUCT’s Critical Infrastructure states that operators may file their critical customer information to ERCOT via email using the following email address: Criticalnatgas@ercot.com.  The Commission encourages all operators to read thoroughly the PUCT’s Critical Natural Gas Infrastructure webpage:  https://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/cng/Default.aspx.  

To view the FAQ, visit the RRC website at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/faqs/faq-regarding-cid-forms/.

The FAQ list is in addition to training videos and webinars, rules, and other resources also available on the RRC’s Critical Infrastructure Division page at https://www.rrc.texas.gov/critical-infrastructure/.

If you have questions related to critical designation of natural gas infrastructure or filing the forms, contact the RRC at CID@rrc.texas.gov.