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Down in the weeds of the electricity system

Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 10 Aug 2021

If more coal had been burnt at Huntly last night, there would have been no blackouts (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 10 Aug 2021
Blame the wind.Blame the weed.If you’re part of the electricity system, blame some other part of the electricity system.If you’re the energy minister, blame the electricity market for failing.But if you were one of several thousand customers scattered around the central North Island who last night found themselves with no electricity on the coldest evening of the year so far, blame is less interesting than knowing it won’t happen again tonight.Of that, both politicians and all the various bits of the electricity system are sta...

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