South African countries to launch common electricity market

By interconnecting the national grids of the SADC member states, the companies could better utilize excessive power within the region. A report for the project has been prepared by three power companies, TANESCO of Tanzania, ESKOM of South Africa and ZESCO of Zambia, describing the needs of the region. The report recommends the construction of a 670-kilometer, 330 kV transmission line from Pensulo, Zambia to Mbeya, Tanzania.


US consumers are exposed to increased risk of failure of the transmission grid as more demands are placed upon it, says Michael Gent, president of the North American Reliability Council, in a letter to US House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) urging the House to pass electric system reliability legislation before adjourning in October.

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