Venkat Tirupati

Vice President of DevOps and Grid Transformation

In his role, Mr. Tirupati serves the teams responsible for business technology development and operations and partners with system operations, system planning, commercial operations, cybersecurity, compliance, treasury, human resources, and legal groups to implement the tools and technology needed to meet their mission. He also oversees the technology innovation capabilities to effectively manage the complexities of rapidly transforming electric power grid by guiding staff, systems, and solutions and is responsible for collaboration with external stakeholders such as vendors, academic institutions, research and development institutes, and electric power industry consortiums. He joined ERCOT in 2020 as the Director for Grid and Market Solutions.

Prior to joining ERCOT, Mr. Tirupati was the Director of Line of Business at Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) serving teams responsible for supporting wholesale power and water business units with their business technology needs. He also held Manager of Market Systems and Supervisor of EMS and Advanced Applications roles at LCRA, supporting control room personnel with business technology. Prior to LCRA, Mr. Tirupati worked as a Senior Reliability Engineer in the Reliability Risk Management Group at North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). He started his career at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution division, where he worked in various power systems applications engineering roles supporting global power utilities with grid automation technology.

Mr. Tirupati has served on various committees of NERC and has chaired the NERC EMSWG and ERCOT TWG. Mr. Tirupati has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus on power systems from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on data analytics and sustainability from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Mr. Tirupati earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai, India. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Texas.