Australian Energy Market Operator report says wind farms were the ultimate cause of blackout, network withstood pylon downings

Shock news.

Watts Up With That?

While ecos and wind farm proponents tried to blame the blackout on downed powerlines, a detailed report from AEMO shows it was actually wind farms that were the cause.

downed-pylons Electricity pylons near Melrose in South Australia’s Mid North were toppled in the storm Source: ABC News Australia

From the Institute of Public Affairs | Australia’s leading free market think tank

5 October 2016 PRELIMINARY AEMO SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BLACKOUT REPORT: WIND RESPONSIBLE

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s preliminary report into the recent South Australian blackout reveals that the primary reason for the total loss of power was a sudden reduction in wind power being fed into the electricity network, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.

“The Preliminary Report makes it clear that while the weather was responsible for multiple transmission system faults, the blackout did not occur until after the sudden loss of 315 megawatts of…

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