Once again, the California Independent System Operator delayed its electric wholesale market redesign\u2014this time with no new deadline. The new market was originally set for February 2007, according to CAISO documents. The overhaul could be released some time this autumn. \u201cThe real-time market isn\u2019t working,\u201d Debbie LeVine, CAISO director of market services, told the grid operator\u2019s board January 29. She was referring to the trial runs of the redesign. The market overhaul continues to be plagued by software problems. \u201cIt\u2019s not pretty,\u201d Levine said of the testing. However, she did say that they are \u201cclose\u201d to working out the program bugs. A trial run now is supposed to begin February 19, 2008, in place of the previous planned January 2 trial. The expected date for live trading isn\u2019t set. Apparently, it is expected to be towards the end of the year. The grid operator has been trying to update its wholesale electricity market ever since the energy crisis of 2000-01. At that time, deregulation, combined with a new wholesale market in which about 35 percent of electricity was traded, allowed some marketers to allegedly game the system. Enron was the primary source of what the state deemed \u201cfraudulent\u201d trading. CAISO has been trying to close the loopholes for the past six years via its market redesign. However, trying to create a market from scratch has been elusive. Currently, about 5 percent of electricity market trades go through the grid operator\u2019s wholesale market. Stakeholders do not seem perturbed by the repeated delays in launching the new market. \u201cOur very real concern is to not open the market until it\u2019s tested,\u201d said Jan Smutny-Jones, Independent Energy Producers executive director. Smutny-Jones, former CAISO board member, noted that the original market was easier to execute. \u201cThis is like trying to remodel a house when you are living in it.\u201d Utility representatives agreed with the assessment of the independent generators\u2019 director. \u201cAll of us have a lot of software that\u2019s in development,\u201d said Doug Parker, Southern California Edison director of energy operations. Dede Hapner, Pacific Gas & Electric vice president of special projects, added, however, that repeated delays are a \u201ccost containment\u201d issue. In other CAISO news, the board voted to create an avenue for the grid operator to buy power to supplement utilities\u2019 own deliveries if they lack resources. It is supposed to be an interim measure\u2014until the end of 2010. It must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tony Braun, an attorney representing municipal utilities, said the munis okayed the plan, but he expects implementation problems. The interim program, he pointed out, should not be confused with capacity markets. Also this week, former California Public Utilities Commission deputy director Laura Doll replaced ISO board member Elizabeth Lowe.