Email By political reporter Nick Harmsen Updated April 03, 2017 15:46:45 Sorry, this video has expired Video: SA Premier Jay Weatherill takes a swipe at power companies (ABC News) Related Story: Watch the SA Premier shirtfront Frydenberg over energy policy Related Story: Power mad: How a renewable energy press conference went nuclear Map: Port Pirie 5540 Remember the energy company executive who stood there awkwardly while South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill delivered a stinging assessment of federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg at a particularly memorable press conference? Photo: Andy Vesey witnessed Premier Jay Weatherill's stoush with Josh Frydenberg first-hand. (ABC News) If you thought that was cringe-worthy, things just got even more uncomfortable.That man — Andy Vesey — runs South Australia's biggest electricity producer and retailer AGL.And now the Premier is condemning the company over claims it has shelved plans for new investment, because … [Read more...] about SA power: Premier Jay Weatherill unleashes on AGL after company shelves investment plans
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Email Updated September 29, 2016 12:09:37 Photo: A map on the SA Power Networks website shows outages across South Australia. (SA Power Networks) Related Story: 'Serious questions' as power cuts leave SA in chaos Related Story: Adelaide CBD power out as massive storm hits SA Related Story: As it happened: South Australia loses power as wild weather lashes state Map: SA South Australia and its 1.7 million residents were left without power on Wednesday evening following severe storms. So have recent events and a focus on renewable energy created the 'perfect storm' for a state-wide blackout?First, what happened? SA Premier Jay Weatherill confirmed two tornados destroyed three elements of critical infrastructure, which led to the power system protecting itself with a shutdown."Essentially what happened is a massive set of power was removed and when that happens it trips the system," he said in a press conference on Wednesday evening.Earlier he told ABC radio in Adelaide … [Read more...] about SA power outage: How did it happen?
Email By political reporter Matthew Doran Updated September 29, 2016 09:58:52 Photo: The "one in a 50 year" storm "could not have been prevented or foreseen". (Facebook: Eric Brokken) Related Story: 'Serious questions' as power cuts leave SA in chaos Related Story: SA's power shock sounds national electricity alarm Map: SA Linking the statewide blackout in South Australia with the state's heavy reliance on renewable energy is unfounded, energy industry experts say. Key points:South Australia has the highest rate of renewable energy in AustraliaThe 'one in a 50 year' weather event 'couldn't have been prevented or foreseen'SA to be an example for other states and territories when planning for significant weather events A severe storm caused the entire state to go dark yesterday afternoon, following serious damage to more than 20 transmission lines.That infrastructure failure put extra strain on the interconnector system that links the South Australian electricity grid … [Read more...] about SA weather: No link between blackout and renewable energy, experts say
Email Posted September 29, 2016 13:07:55 Photo: A blackout across South Australia is still affecting regional hospitals. (ABC News: Dean Faulkner) Related Story: Worsening conditions cause more blackouts across SA Map: SA An Adelaide woman who was on a Flinders Medical Centre hospital operating table when the power went out in Adelaide has described her ordeal as "funny".Dee told ABC 891 Adelaide that the surgeon had not yet started making any incisions when they cancelled the procedure."They were just about to put the spinal block in before they do the general anaesthetic and we heard this 'stop'," she said."Everything just went black, and my blood pressure, I'm sure, went completely through the roof."So I lay there on the table for about an hour while we waited for the Bureau of Meteorology to give some advice as to what was happening."The statewide blackout started at about 3:40pm when twin tornados brought down critical infrastructure in South Australia's mid north … [Read more...] about SA weather: Woman on the operating table during hospital black-out laughs about her ordeal
Email By political editor Chris Uhlmann Updated September 30, 2016 11:25:02 Photo: Just under half of South Australia's energy is generated by wind and solar. (ABC News) Related Story: States prioritising emissions targets over energy security: PM Related Story: 'Serious questions' as power cuts leave SA in chaos Map: SA The last time an entire state blacked out was on the night the Beatles arrived in Sydney in 1964.So what happened in South Australia yesterday was rare and the repercussions could be vast.The key question is whether that state's heavy reliance on wind turbines might have increased the risk of a state-wide blackout. More broadly, the event will supercharge concerns over how renewable energy is being integrated into a national grid that was not designed to cope with it.Wind presents two problems. First, it is intermittent, so all of it has to be backed up by baseload power for those days when the wind does not blow.The second is a diabolically tricky … [Read more...] about SA storms: Rushing to renewable energy targets puts sector’s reputation at risk