DA to tackle Eskom's 'monopoly' via new bill

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Introducing competition in the energy sector will keep electricity prices down, according to the Democratic Alliance.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday announced plans at a briefing to address "Eskom's monopoly" in the energy sector, through the introduction of a private member's bill known as the Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill.

The bill, which was first introduced by the minister of energy in 2012 and later withdrawn in 2014, was reworked by the DA.

The bill sought to address Eskom's "conflict of interest" as both a generator and distributor of electricity in SA. "The bill would have levelled the playing field and eliminated Eskom’s overriding conflict of interest to the benefit of all South Africans," the DA said in a legal summary of the bill.

The bill enables the creation of an independent structure (ISMO) – as a state-owned company responsible for system operation and the purchase of electricity from electricity generators.
https://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom/da-to-tackle-eskoms-monopoly-via-new-bill-20181029
 

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Would be great if they could challenge this and perhaps even win a court case. We need new independent providers to take Eskom on.
 

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According to the DA, the bill supports competition in the sector and empowers metros – with a track record of good governance in finances and management – to enter into direct agreements with electricity generators
Wouldn't this just cripple Eskom even more?

How about we as residents ("with a track record of good governance in finances and management") go straight to the electricity generators as well then?
 
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