Cheryl Mele became ERCOT’s senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) in January 2016. She oversees Grid Operations and Planning, Commercial Operations as well as Governance, Risk and Compliance. Prior to joining ERCOT Ms. Mele served as Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for Austin Energy, where she led its power operations and planning activities.

Ms. Mele has nearly 30 years of experience in the power industry. Her management and executive roles included both power generation and energy delivery before becoming COO at Austin Energy and overseeing all operations, compliance and planning for the utility. Ms. Mele worked for General Electric as both an engineer and system programmer before joining Austin Energy in 1991.


While at Austin Energy, Ms. Mele served on the boards of the South Texas Nuclear Operating Company, the Texas Public Power Association, as well as the RMEL, an electric industry education and networking trade group.

A registered professional engineer in Texas, Ms. Mele has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and completed The Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho.

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