DoE opts for phased introduction of independent grid operator

South Africa’s Department of Energy plans to introduce legislation for the establishment of an Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) in the electricity environment during the upcoming Parliamentary cycle and anticipates that the Act will be promulgated by the end of 2011.

Speaking at an energy roundtable this week, deputy director-general for electricity, nuclear and clean energy Ompi Aphane indicated that lawmakers should have sight of the ISMO Establishment Act by June.

However, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said that the ISMO would seek to “level the playing field and eliminate conflict of interest between the buyer and the seller of electricity.