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AEMO Refuse Blame For S Australia Blackouts

February 10, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public




The Australian Energy Market Operator, AEMO, has issued this statement, following their appearance in front of the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World.

They evidently don’t accept that they were in any way at fault for the latest blackouts in South Australia.


What I find particularly interesting though is the implication that a “warming world” was somehow to blame.


According to the BOM, there has been nothing unusual at all about South Australia’s summer daytime temperatures in the last decade.

  1. February 10, 2017 7:40 pm

    Aren’t rolling blackouts a design feature of the new renewable economy as they are the energy sources most vulnerable to climate change.
    Better the economy gets used to them now, before it’s too late to begin switching back to reliable FFs.

  2. February 10, 2017 7:41 pm

    How does the S Australian electricity system know that the world is warming, and even it is is, does it care?

    • February 11, 2017 10:31 am

      More use of air con = higher electricity demand.

  3. markl permalink
    February 10, 2017 8:27 pm

    Fact is there weren’t as many nor as bad blackouts before the switch over to renewable energy sources so what/who’s to blame? This is consistent with an entrenched lack of responsibility by the government to serve the people.

  4. John in cheshire permalink
    February 10, 2017 8:32 pm

    Is this the first manifestations of the supply driven future, which the UN had been planning for many years, where we’ll get what we’re given and be grateful, when power will only be supplied for a few hours a day? And we’ll pay whatever price the masters decide to charge.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      February 10, 2017 10:30 pm

      Isnt that the real point of why they want smart meters in every premises.

      Some time back I queried a meter reader about this and he said he has been told not to discuss the matter …. !

      • Derek Buxton permalink
        February 11, 2017 11:12 am

        I have said all along that “smart meters” are to shut anyone down who some jobsworth thinks are using too much energy. That is the sole reason behind the whole scam. It is up to Government to ensure that sufficient energy is available at all times…that is a major part of the job! Health ‘n safety anyone?

  5. February 10, 2017 10:45 pm

    Maybe it was the wind’s fault for not blowing , or not enough.

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 11, 2017 1:03 am

      Or too much!!!!

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 11, 2017 1:05 am

  6. John F. Hultquist permalink
    February 11, 2017 3:45 am

    Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World” or “SSCITROEIIAWW” — pronounced Scat-a-Way

    This tells you the problems in SA are political.

  7. Timo Soren permalink
    February 11, 2017 5:36 am

    “AEMO would like to see incidents such as what occurred …. as complexities of an evolving power system …. we can all learn from.”

    What a load of crap.

    1.) It is their job to NOT let this happen and not issue complaints/denials/excuses without proper investigation.

    2.) The public does not need to LEARN anything other than they(AEMO) are not smart enough for the job. Their very plea to allow them to get better is piss poor. Make heads roll, this is not to be a ‘warm fuzzy, family like’ moment.

    3.) Power distribution may be complicated but they are PAID to know this stuff and NOT mess it up and endanger peoples lives.

    4.) No one should give a horse’s patoot as to what AEMO wants or likes, as a public funded agency the public tells them what THEY want and what THEY like.

    And lastly, gotta love the “we do not accept…” or to translate it into the vernacular:
    “We are Deniers of…”

  8. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    February 11, 2017 8:49 am

    5th para – AEMO would like to see incidents such as what occurred on Weds….

    AEMO should have assessed the system for what customers need….no major incidents leading to loss of supply type. Failure seems to be favoured?

  9. February 11, 2017 9:14 am

    Peak demand in South Australia was only around 3100 MW, well short of the recent record of around 3400 MW. The AEMO seem to be well entrenched in “The Transition” industry, which constantly bangs on about how the old-fashioned concepts of baseload and large power stations are doomed, because demand is falling and distributed generation (such as solar PV) is the (highly lucrative for some) future.

    Just imagine what would have happened if the Heywood connector had broken, losing around 20% of peak demand.

    Elsewhere the AEMO has admitted that it got its forecasting wrong, National Grid may have escaped the same fate thanks to the lack of cold winters recently, lack of major breakdowns, and the annoying habit of cold spells falling on weekends.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 11, 2017 11:25 am

      Part of the problem, as I hear, is that hot weather reduces the amount that the Heywood interconnector can carry. Faced with a 100MW shortfall the AEMO took quick action.
      Whether they should have had Pelican Point No.2 on standby is what the politicians are using as an excuse, but I would point out that the last 2 occasions it has been fired up have been at the request of the SA State Treasurer. There is also a suggestion that the spot price of gas had jumped, meaning they couldn’t make money if they started up, so they didn’t bid for supply for that period.
      Before that it was almost permanently shut down because of the wind industry and its interference with profitable operation.

  10. Joe Public permalink
    February 11, 2017 9:50 am


    NSW heatwave: AGL turns off smelter again to prevent state blackouts

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 11, 2017 10:11 am

    Not only do they have the gall to complain about having to manage ‘resilience in a warming world’, they then go for bonkers broke by claiming this is a ‘power system emergency’!!! How on earth they’d manage if there were a real emergency….

  12. RAH permalink
    February 11, 2017 10:59 am

    Sooner or later the Aussies are going to get so fed up with this crap that they’ll rectify it. This isn’t just about A/C it’s about one heck of a lot of people losing wages when their employer shuts down. It is also about the long term economic health of the region because what investors and corporate management would move into S. Australia with a heavy industry that relies on reliable electrical power right now?

    Sooner or later there is going to be a price the people of S. Australia will revolt before they pay.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 11, 2017 11:36 am

      The last 2 elections the Labor government has been returned with 47% of the 2 party preferred vote. After the last election an independent and a (now ex) Liberal joined them to give them a secure majority for their fixed 4 year term.
      This evening at the pub people were struggling to remember the name of the Leader of the Opposition. It is split into factions with the “moderates” in control, whatever the rank and file think. In other words you would be hard put to insert a sheet of paper between them and the government. At least a quarter of their sitting members have announced they will not stand in the election in March next year when you would expect the government to be defeated.
      It is true that Oppositions don’t win power, governments lose it but the rot is widespread in the Liberals and they might manage to seize defeat from the jaws of victory.

      • February 11, 2017 12:55 pm

        My suggestion to all politicians is to promise a cap on what portion of electricity bills can be spent on Saving The Planet, 5% would be a massive vote winner, and would also skewer wind power.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      February 11, 2017 2:27 pm

      Well, here’s the money shot!
      “Defence officials late last year began developing a contingency plan to build a large-capacity generator in response to concerns the state government could not guarantee reliable power because of SA’s reliance on intermittent renewable energy sources, chiefly wind”

  13. David permalink
    February 11, 2017 5:55 pm

    Australian politics will always be dodgy when their compulsory voting law forces many ignorant people to vote

  14. Timo Soren permalink
    February 11, 2017 11:44 pm

    Had a comment die in moderation, anyway to find out what?

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