SERC 101

If you’re new to SERC, welcome!

This page provides helpful information for those who are new to SERC, new to the electric industry, or simply want to review the basics of the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) environment. There is a lot of information available. This page should make the task of locating the information you need a bit easier.

First, a very brief history of the ERO and SERC. Next, meet the men and women who lead the team.

SERC’s governance is designed to assure fair stakeholder representation and independence in all activities. SERC is governed by a hybrid Board of Directors consisting of stakeholder and Independent Directors. Further detailed information regarding the Board composition, eligibility, voting, and additional duties may be found in the SERC Reliability Corporation Bylaws.

SERC Membership is voluntary and free of charge.

You’ve probably already learned that the industry does not shy away from acronyms. So, before going further, make note of the SERC Acronym Reference Index. It is updated regularly, and can be very helpful.

Review the information below; and if you have any questions, simply contact

As one of six Regional Entities, SERC is delegated to perform certain functions from the ERO and is subject to oversight from FERC. SERC promotes and monitors compliance with mandatory Reliability Standards, assesses seasonal and long-term reliability, monitors the BPS through system awareness, and educates and trains industry personnel.


NERC is the electric reliability organization for North America with responsibility spanning the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. NERC’s mission is to assure the reliability and security of the bulk power system. NERC is subject to oversight by FERC and governmental authorities in Canada.


FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave FERC additional responsibilities relative to the bulk power system.