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SA needs an independent system operator

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8 July 2011: The draft ISMO establishment Bill was published in May for comment. The draft Bill calls for the establishment of a State-owned company that would be responsible for planning generation capacity, entering into power purchase agreements with generators, dispatching the power generated and coordinating the wholesale market for the generation of electricity.

The ISMO will also operate a national control centre and be responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010).

Given the latest round of uncertainty around the procurement of the first batch of renewables from independent power producers (IPPs) and given a situation where one agency of State does not know what the other does, having a well-functioning system operator in the long term may be the answer.

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