Erika Bierschbach

Vice President, Energy Market Operations & Resource Planning
Austin Energy

Erika Bierschbach was appointed Vice President of Energy Market Operations and Resource Planning in April 2019.

Bierschbach is responsible for the utility’s physical and financial power portfolio in the ERCOT wholesale electric market, including Austin Energy’s Real Time, Day Ahead and Forward market desks. She oversees the origination of the utility’s renewable power purchase agreements and manages the Qualified Scheduling Entity (QSE) operations for Austin Energy’s owned and contracted resources. Bierschbach is also responsible for resource planning at Austin Energy which includes achieving the climate protection and affordability goals established by the Austin City Council and Austin Energy.

Bierschbach has more than 25 years of experience in energy markets, including positions in energy risk management at Enron Capital and Trade and Duke Energy Trading and Marketing. She joined Austin Energy in 2001 to develop, implement and later manage the utility’s energy hedging program. Bierschbach’s prior positions at Austin Energy include Manager of Energy Supply and Risk Management as well as both Manager and Director of Energy Market Operations. She has established more than 2,250 Megawatts of renewable energy contracts during her tenure at Austin Energy.

Bierschbach holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and French from Texas A&M University in College Station and is fluent in French and Spanish.