Eskom to launch Distribution Energy Trader

News Flash

  • Group Executive for Distribution at Eskom, Mr Monde Bala will officially launch Eskom’s Distribution Energy Trader (DET) on 21 August 2023.
  • The news comes after a recent announcement by South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister, Mr Pravin Gordhan, of his approval of the unbundling of Eskom’s distribution assets into a new state-owned entity. Read more

The DET is an energy trading platform for customers and private generators. The DET will enable energy trading transactions, purchasing energy and demand resource offers. The Eskom System Operator working with the Distribution System Operator (DSO) will oversee the flow of electricity around the country, and ensure that the energy traded ultimately meet demand.

The DET will enable the integration of flexible generation, flexibility product transactions whilst adding more GWh to the Distribution grid.

To leverage electricity trading the DET offers:

  • Enablement of electricity trading transactions. The first product is Standard Offer
  • Purchase of demand resources offers from customers and non-Eskom generators connected in the distribution grid.
  • Aggregation of small-sized generation enabling individuals, traders, and aggregators to sell their electricity into the Distribution grid.
  • Ancillary service sales for network regulation by DSO’s and the National Transmission System Operator from distribution energy resources including demand management, battery energy storage and grid-tied microgrids.

The DET is the only South African electricity trader with a national footprint. All customers and non-Eskom generators can now access the DET. The expert Distribution Energy services consultants are ready to engage on all the DET services providing expert consultation and execution of requests and can be contacted at

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