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Texas “Gov. Greg Abbott has accused ERCOT of misleading the state about the readiness of the grid, placing blame for the outages almost singularly on the grid operators.” https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973531205/ceo-of-texas-power-grid-fired-after-massive-cold-weather-power-outages

Texas A & M University was founded in 1876 and is one of the top universities in the world, and Texas has one of the world’s most important economies. So, why is a foreigner, whose foundational training is from a poorly ranked “third world” foreign university, responsible for the Texas grid’s “strategic vision, planning”; “Cyber and Physical Security, Facilities, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Risk Management”? Why was he allowed to play “a key role in the development of ERCOT energy and market systems, as well as risk management and strategic planning”?

The Manager of Transmission Planning Assessment at ERCOT and the Chief Information Officer are foreigners, too. This is also a security risk. We don’t even know if they hold US citizenship. All three are from India.

Additionally, foreign workers for whom ERCOT applied for green cards under PERM include 10 from India, 1 from Nepal, and 1 from China. There are around 50 foreign H1B (temp) workers at ERCOT, whose salaries range between $100,407 to $121,658. Five of the workers are listed as graduates of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, which is ranked 5674th in the world (compared to Texas A&M, which is ranked 22nd in the world) https://archive.vn/ZXnCr

And, no, they aren’t required to recruit Americans first, though they should. H1Bs have even replaced American workers. And, foreigners should not be allowed anywhere near the grid, especially temp workers:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/62o-h1b-recruitment

The US needs to close its universities if they are simply going to import foreign workers. The United States has too many universities and too many people trained in its universities, so why is the USA importing foreign workers? Most of the foreigners on H1Bs are from the upper castes of India. If they are so smart why aren’t they building up their own country?

Why is ERCOT bringing in foreign temp workers on H1B visas and also sponsoring green cards for some of them, especially from low tier universities, especially from India and China? These jobs pay very well. The jobs simply pay less than they would if the US government hadn’t engaged in dumping of both temp and permanent foreign labor into the country for decades. The same is true for all jobs.

Texas A & M University was founded in 1876 and is one of the top universities in the world. Texas has one of the world’s most important economies. So, why is someone who was trained in poorly ranked foreign universities and whose apparent “claim to fame” is experience with the electric industry in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa, responsible for the Texas grid’s “strategic vision, planning”; “Cyber and Physical Security, Facilities, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Risk Management” and was allowed to play “a key role in the development of ERCOT energy and market systems, as well as risk management and strategic planning”? The guy’s name is Jeyant Tamby from India (see further below). Is he a US citizen? Who knows?

There is also Mumbai India trained Sandeep Borkar who is Manager, Transmission Planning Assessment, at ERCOT, and may or may not be a permanent resident or citizen. He did US grad work but the foundation (undergrad) of his education was a poorly ranked university in India. There is Jayapal Parakkuth Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He appears to be bringing in a lot of his compatriots, and possibly his friends and relatives to work for ERCOT.

ERCOT past and present employees: https://archive.is/4GKUJ

The US needs to shut down its universities and stop fooling Americans into wasting time getting degrees, if they are simply going to import foreigners. It has too many universities and too many people trained in the universities. Some US universities are top ranked and some not well ranked. So, why is the USA importing workers?.

American universities seem to just operate as F-1, OPT, and H1B immigration funnels and, for Americans, only serve to create US student debt, rob US taxpayers, and provide false hope to Americans. Not only is the US government importing foreign trained workers but those workers are often trained abroad in universities ranked far below American universities.

Biden and Kamala Harris aim to make things even worse. Trump tried to help a little bit: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/trump-fires-tva-board-chair-for-outsourcing-200-jobs-to-foreign-consulting-firms-h1b-foreign-workers-aims-to-save-jobs/

Texas has a lot of people opposing Biden-Kamala (Iyer) Harris and their immigration policies. Having Kamala’s home-boys operating the Texas grid seems a conflict of interest. They are probably upper caste like Kamala’s Mom, as well. Having H1Bs who want green cards help operate the grid is a potential conflict of interest, too.

According to ERCOT, Jayapal Parakkuth Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ERCOT has more than 24 years of experience in “visualizing, designing, and implementing software solutions to various aspects of power system grid control. Prior to joining ERCOT, he served as Principal Key Expert for Grid Control at Siemens Digital Grid… He also previously served as the Vice President for Grid Control at Omnetric Group, which was formed as a joint venture between Siemens and Accenture to drive IT/OT convergence in the power industry. Mr. Parakkuth has a master’s degree in Power Systems and Power Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and an MBA in Information Systems and Finance from the University of Minnesota.” https://archive.vn/MBbaU
https://www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/partners/partnerships-omnetric-group.html
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay world rank 568th https://edurank.org/uni/indian-institute-of-technology-bombay/ main campus University of Minnesota ranked 24th. We don’t know where he did his foundational undergrad degree, nor which U of Minn Campus he attended. Masters and PhD degrees assume a certain foundational knowledge attained in an undergraduate. Nonetheless, students have been allowed to enter US Masters programs by claiming to have an undergraduate degree, but with no proof provided. Additionally, his US Masters is in Business Adminstration (MBA). There are more MBAs distributed in the United States, than any other Masters degrees.

“Jeyant Tamby, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Office:
Jeyant Tamby was appointed as ERCOT’s Chief Administrative Officer in January 2019. He is currently responsible for the strategic vision, planning, and leadership of the Finance, Human Resources, Cyber and Physical Security, Facilities, Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Risk Management, Portfolio Management, and Business Continuity functions… He played a key role in the development of ERCOT energy and market systems, as well as risk management and strategic planning. His experience with the electric industry in the United States and Canada, as well as Kosovo, Afghanistan, and sub-Saharan Africa… Dr. Tamby has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Anna University in India, and master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.” See more here: https://archive.vn/jga3R
Anna University is ranked 1846th in the world https://edurank.org/uni/anna-university/ Queen’s university 172th https://edurank.org/uni-search?s=Canada

Sandeep Borkar, Austin, Texas Area, January 2014 – Present
SupervisorTransmission Planning Assessment at ERCOT
Utilities Experience
ERCOT   January 2014 – Present
Entergy   April 2012 – January 2014
Entergy   August 2004 – April 2012
Skills
Energy Management, Transmission, NERC, Power Systems, Smart Grid, Electric Power, Electrical Engineering, PSS/E, Energy, SCADA, Electricity, Electricity Markets, High Voltage, Substation, Power Transmission, PowerWorld, Power System Studies, Transmission Lines, Power Engineering
Education
Arizona State University   2002 — 2004
MS, Electrical Engineering
University of Mumbai   1998 — 2002
BE, Electrical Engineering
https://archive.is/4GKUJ
University of Mumbai is ranked 2900th globally https://edurank.org/uni/university-of-mumbai/
Arizona State is well ranked but undergraduate builds the educational foundation. Graduate schools are more political and it’s easier to have fraud.

Texas A & M University is ranked 22nd in the world https://edurank.org/uni/texas-a-m-university-college-station/. “Texas A&M University (Texas A&M, A&M, or TAMU) is a public land-grant research university in College Station, Texas. It was founded in 1876…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_A%26M_University

ERCOT foreign workers for whom ERCOT applied for green card under PERM are 10 from India, 1 from Nepal, and 1 from China. There are around 50 H1B workers with salaries range between $100,407 to $121,658.
https://archive.vn/ZXnCr.

Five of the workers are listed as graduates of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, which is ranked 5674th in the world (compared to Texas A&M, which is ranked 22nd in the world) https://edurank.org/uni-search?s=Jawaharlal+Nehru+Technological+University%2CIndia

Some or all foreign and out-of-state ERCOT board members resigned, but the board isn’t doing the day to day operations. Board of Director Chair Sally Talberg has a BS from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas-Austin. She lives in Michigan. https://archive.vn/r00rK Board of directors Vice Chair Peter Cramton is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne and the University of Maryland (Emeritus since 2018). https://archive.vn/08w6K [Since 2018 Professor of Economics, University of Cologne  http://web.archive.org/web/20200814175011/https://wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/forschung/find-an-expert/experts/prof-dr-peter-cramton/%5D

ERCOT officials spent 40 seconds on winter storm preparedness at Feb. 9 meeting” MADLIN MEKELBURG, Austin American-Statesman https://eu.dispatch.com/story/news/environment/2021/02/19/winter-storm-texas-ercot-officials-spent-40-seconds-preparedness-meeting/4507805001/

ERCOT Board Members (during the outage):
Vanessa Anesetti-Parra earned her Business Analysis certification from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.” https://archive.vn/yET56 [Apparently lives in Toronto.]
Terry Bulger lives in Illinois, and has an MBA from the University of Toronto. He sits on the Board of Directors for Rabobank US. It’s unclear if he is/was a member of the Risk (Chair) and Audit Committees for ERCOT or Rabobank: https://archive.vn/yma1K
Mark Carpenter has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech. “He is a member of the IEEE Power System Relaying Committee and was the vice-chair of the NERC System Protection and Control Task Force when it was initially formed following the 2003 northeast blackout. He is a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.” https://archive.vn/Bt93P
Lori Cobos .https://archive.vn/tSNUC
Keith Emery “is a registered professional engineer and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master of business administration degree from Florida Atlantic University.https://archive.vn/9sMyJ
See the rest of the pre-failure board members here: https://archive.vn/3WKqU

The Executive Team is more important:
* Bill Magness
* President and Chief Executive Officer
* Jeyant Tamby
* Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

* Betty Day
* Vice President, Security & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer
* Theresa Gage
* Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Communications
* Kenan Ögelman
* Vice President, Commercial Operations
* Jayapal Parakkuth
* Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ERCOT

* Woody Rickerson
* Vice President, Grid Planning and Operations
* Chad V. Seely
* Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
* Mara Spak
* Vice President, Human Resources
* Sean Taylor
* Vice President and Chief Financial Officer https://archive.vn/aaW1Y
*
Bill Magness, President and Chief Executive Officer
In 2021, “
Mr. Magness serves as Chairman of the Independent System Operator/Regional Transmission Organization (ISO/RTO) Council. He also represents the ISO/RTO sector on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Member Representatives Committee. Mr. Magness is a member of the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Smart Grid Center. Mr. Magness grew up in Orange, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.” https://archive.vn/xqelA

Woody Rickerson, Vice President, Grid Planning and Operations
As Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations, Woody Rickerson oversees transmission planning, generator interconnection activities, training, and electric grid operations for the ERCOT region. Mr. Rickerson brings a considerable amount of electric industry experience to his position, including more than 19 years at ERCOT in various roles. A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Rickerson has worked for utilities in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado
.” https://archive.vn/p5PND
University of Colorado rankings https://edurank.org/uni-search?s=University+of+Colorado Link-https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/2_T-D%20Interface%20Panel%20-%20Woody%20Rickerson%2C%20ERCOT.pdf
New Mexico State Main campus ranked 376th https://edurank.org/uni-search?s=New+Mexico+State+University

Betty Day Vice President, Security & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer
Betty Day was named Vice President of Security & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer in 2019 after serving in various executive roles since 2011. Her current responsibilities include Security (Cyber and Physical), Compliance, and Facilities. Ms. Day joined ERCOT in 2000 and has more than 30 years of experience in the electric power industry. Prior to joining ERCOT, she was with Central Maine Power as part of a core team to implement market deregulation in Maine. Previously, she spent nine years with East Kentucky Power Cooperative in the areas of load forecasting, load research, and market research. She earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Berea College in Kentucky and attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky
.” https://archive.vn/qyN8I

Chris Coleman, ERCOT Senior Meteorologist https://archive.vn/EBK8f

Governor Abbott Gives Update On State Efforts To Provide Water, Resources Across Texas” February 21, 2021, Austin, Texas | Press Release https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-gives-update-on-state-efforts-to-provide-water-resources-across-texas