Final Report Showed The Causes of SA’s Statewide Power Failure

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
April 3, 2017

According to a final report into South Australia’s statewide power failure, the country’s electricity system needs to adapt to the increasing use of renewable energy.

The Australian Energy Market Operator has highlighted important lessons and challenges identified following the blackout last September 28, 2016, in which power was cut to 850,000 customers.

The Federal Government were very keen on blaming the state’s reliance on renewable energy for the blackout, AEMO said two tornadoes were likely the cause of the 5 electrical faults that happened before the network went down. SA was left without any electricity for hours when the tornadoes brought down transmission lines in the northside.

The report also concluded that having access to correct technical information about electricity sources was critical for system security.

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