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AfrElec: National Transmission Company of South Africa starts trading

The National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) has started trading as a principal dealer in electricity, Independent Online (IOL) reported on July 1. Transmission is the first of the three divisions to achieve legal separation from South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom.

The NTCSA, led by Eskom’s head of transmission Segomoco Scheepers, is expected to operate according to an open-access market code, ensuring fair access to the grid for all those qualified to generate electricity.

The new market access system is expected to be an improvement on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which limited the number of preferred bidders under specific bid windows from connecting to the grid and selling power.

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