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Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system?

m.engineeringnews.co.za/article/opinion-will-unbundling-eskom-ensure-a-sustainable-electricity-system-2019-01-30 <m.engineeringnews.co.za/> <m.engineeringnews.co.za/page/menu&url=/article/opinion-will-unbundling-eskom-ensure-a-sustainable-electricity-system-2019-01-30> BACK Full access to Engineering News Subscribe Now <goo.gl/forms/IVDTuzERvdFNKxjk1> <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=3897__zoneid=75__cb=847fe689ea__oadest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zestweg.com%2F%3Futm_source%3Dengineeringnews%26utm_medium%…> Opinion: Will unbundling Eskom ensure a sustainable electricity system? 30th January 2019 BY: TOBIAS BISCHOF-NIEMZ <m.engineeringnews.co.za/author.php?u_id=1203>
That Eskom needs to be restructured is no longer in question. In its current form, the organisation poses a systemic risk to the South African economy and is ‘too big to fail’. The real question is what form this restructuring should take. For sure, the generation assets need to be separated from the transmission system operator (TSO) and from the distribution unit. But is that enough? Can the generation assets be kept in one legal entity? There is the risk, for instance, that the animal instincts of the separate board and executive team presiding over a 40 GW-plus behemoth could prove impossible to tame. In the absence of the moderating influence of Eskom’s prevailing unified leadership structure, the generation tail could truly end up wagging the power-system dog and undermining both the TSO and the regulator.

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