Fate of proposed legislation to level playing field between utility Eskom, independent power producers would be known before Parliament rises on March 13, says Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane THE fate of proposed legislation to level the playing field between utility Eskom and independent power producers (IPPs) would be known before Parliament rose on March 13, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane said on Tuesday.The Independent System and Market Operator (ISMO) Bill is aimed at reducing South Africa’s reliance on coal and curbing rising energy prices by removing Eskom as a system operator through the creation of an independent state-owned entity, the ISMO.Given that this is an election year, it is unlikely that the legislation will make it into the statute books. "That bill is dead, killed, it’s gone," Democratic Alliance (DA) energy spokesman Lance Greyling said.National Planning Commission member Anton Eberhard told energy leaders at a r...

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