SA’s Wind Power Debacle: AEMO Cuts SA’s Access to Victorian Power to Protect the Grid

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SA’s plan to import electricity from Victoria a threat to stability: AEMO
The Australian
Michael Owen
21 January 2017

A plan for South Australia to import­ more baseload power from Victoria to ease its power crisis has been suspended by the national electricity market operator because of a “potential stabil­ity issue” linked to the state’s wind-reliant grid.

This comes as almost 60,000 homes and businesses were without power in South Australia on Thursday night, with 5000 still disconnected yesterday afternoon, after a storm caused the state’s fourth major blackout in as many months.

The storm was the seventh severe­ weather event since July to smash South Australia’s elect­ricity infrastructure, including the cyclonic system that contributed to a devastating statewide blackout in September.

The Australian Energy Market Operator, which has been investigating the statewide black­out, issued a notice to the electricity market of a “potential stability issue” when high power imports…

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